Use this simple sauce as your base for everything Italian from pasta to casseroles.

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes (or I used 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with herbs and garlic..why wash the food processor?)

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp EVOO (ahem)

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

fresh minced basil leaves


Skip this first step if you are using canned crushed tomatoes…Pulse tomatoes with their juices in a food processor until mostly smooth, set aside. Saute garlic, paste, oil and flakes over medium heat til paste begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pureed tomatoes and cook til sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes. Add basil and salt and pepper to taste.


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