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Simple Pasta Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes

8 servings

This is a simple pasta sauce that you can use for more than just spaghetti. Puree this recipe for pizza sauce or a great dipping sauce. I also like to make a variation for bruschetta by omitting the olive oil, using fire-roasted diced tomatoes and simply combining the uncooked ingredients. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving on toasts. —Deborah Markwood, Chester, Virginia
Simple Pasta Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add brown sugar and garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced. Remove bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 69 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 407mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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