Red tomato sauce in a white bowl.

Tomato Sauce

Red tomato sauce in a white bowl.

Tomato Sauce

A classic blend of tomatoes, garlic, and spices. Easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dips and Spreads, Main Dishes
Cuisine Italy
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • One 28-ounce can tomatoes, crushed or diced
  • ½ lemon, zested, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add olive oil to saucepan on medium heat. Sauté garlic for 1 minute, until it smells great and becomes translucent.
  • Add the chili flakes and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the can of tomatoes, mix, and cook until warmed through. Add a little lemon zest, if using. Salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

For a thicker sauce that will stick to pasta better, cook for 10 to 20 minutes to evaporate more of the liquid. Use immediately or keep in a jar in the fridge for later use.
Recipe used with permission from Leanne Brown, author of "Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day."
Keyword 30 minutes or Less, 5 Ingredients or Less, Canned
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