David's Mother's 5-Minute Tomato Sauce

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4 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. davidrocco.com