Tomato and basil sauce

    55 min

    This is a simple, yet delicious fresh tomato sauce. Tomatoes are simmered with garlic and basil. Serve as a pasta sauce or a dipping sauce with bread sticks or garlic bread.

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    Makes: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 5 tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. In a large frying pan, heat oil and saute garlic until light brown and softened. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Stir in tomatoes, sugar, water, basil and salt and pepper.
    2. Bring contents of the pan to the boil. Cover and simmer on low heat for approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm.

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    this recipe is delicious i did however add a splash of soy sauce! and an onion  -  14 Feb 2011


    Altered ingredient amounts. added an 1 onion, a splash of soy sauce and an extra tsp of sugar just yummy  -  14 Feb 2011


    After it was done cooking I drained the extra water and added 10oz. tomato paste and cooked it an extra 10 minutes. It was the best marinara sauce I've ever had!  -  21 Oct 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)