Almost Instant Tomato Sauce


  • Makes2 1/2 cups
Almost Instant Tomato Sauce

Photo by Jodi Pudge

Use this incredibly easy tomato sauce as a base for your own creations. Add extra veggies, meatballs or spices, or use it just the way it is on pizza or pasta.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or vegetable oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, squished

  • 1 796-mL can ground tomatoes, (or crushed tomatoes)

  • 1 tsp dried oregano, crumbled

  • 1 tsp dried basil, crumbled


  • Combine the oil and garlic in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until the garlic is softened—about 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano and basil. Cover and bring the mixture to a boil.

  • Uncover the saucepan, lower the heat and simmer the sauce for about 30 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

This article was originally published on Apr 01, 2003

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