David's Mother's 5-Minute Tomato Sauce


  • Makes4 to 4 servings

Chef David Rocco cooks up a kid-friendly meal in minutes


  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

  • hot-pepper flakes, to taste (optional)

  • 1 796-mL can plum tomatoes

  • salt, to taste

  • 5 basil leaves

  • pasta, of your choice


  • Heat olive oil and gently brown the garlic; if you like a bit of heat, add some chili pepper flakes. You can substitute onions for the garlic or use both, depending on what you like.

  • Meanwhile, put the plum tomatoes in a bowl and squeeze them with your hands until they're the texture you want. When the garlic is gently browned, throw in the tomatoes and some salt, and let simmer 5 minutes. Tear up some fresh basil and toss it in. There you have it.

  • Tomato sauce recipe from David Rocco's Dolce Vita © 2008 by Rockhead Entertainment Inc. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.

This article was originally published on Jun 01, 2009

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