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Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, chicken parmesan sauce - this quick and easy tomato sauce will serve as your go-to sauce for all of these dishes.

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • pinch red pepper flakes (or more if you like it hot)
  • 28 ounces canned chopped tomatoes (or try the boxed Pomi brand)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)

About 6

  1. In a large saucepan with a heavy bottom, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic clove, stirring it around in the pot until it starts to brown. Remove and discard garlic.
  2. Add the onion, basil, oregano, thyme and red pepper flakes to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and add the bay leaf. Bring the saue to a boil and then reduce the heat so the sauce just simmers.  Cook for at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper as desired. If sauce is too acidic, add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar.  Serve hot.  (Note:  Sauce can be made up to 1 week ahead and kept in the refrigerator, or it may be frozen for up to 3 months.)

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