Basic Tomato Sauce

This is one of the Italian staples. You need to master this basic concept before you move on to the more advanced sauces and pasta dishes. The other beauty of this sauce is its broad appeal to guests and its low cost of preparation. Another advantage is that it can be made in as little as 45 minutes or left to cook for up to 8 hours. Think flexible.


  • fresh garlic
  • can of crushed tomatos
  • 2 cans diced tomatos
  • olive oil
  • basil (dry or fresh)
  • oregano (dry or fresh)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • red wine
  • parmesan cheese
  • pasta of choice


  1. crush and mince fresh garlic
  2. saute in olive oil and wine
  3. add cans of tomatoes to garlic mixture
  4. coat top with basil, oregano, and dash of salt and pepper
  5. add splash of wine
  6. allow to simmer using cheese to adjust thickness
  7. boil water and prepare pasta al dente

Plate and serve immediately. Serve with cheese and crusty bread or garlic bread if desired. Ensure if using a long

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