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Sauces and Condiments

Basic tomato sauce

Basic tomato sauce
Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 45 minutes | Serves 6
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato conserva
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can of whole peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Step 1In a saute pan, cook the garlic in the olive oil for a moment over medium-high heat. Add the conserva, pepper, tomatoes and salt, and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomato pieces relax into a smooth sauce, about 20 minutes. Makes 1 1/2 cups. Serve tossed with pasta such as rigatoni (1 1/2 cups sauce for 1 pound of pasta).


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