The simplest tomato sauce

Forget about what Americans call “marinara”.

Forget about store brought tomato sauce, with all that additives and salt.

Simple, good ingredients and 30 minutes of your time: that’s all you need for an incredible tomato sauce!

And it’s not an April’s fool!

Ingredients for tomato sauce

The simplest tomatoes sauce

The simplest tomatoes sauce

1 can of plum tomatoes, diced or whole (but whole are better quality)

1 table spoon of extra virgin olive oil

2 gloves of garlic

1 handful of fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoon of the best tomato paste you can find (I use the Triple concentrated from Mutti, but if you can find only the double concentrated is still ok)

2 pinch of sugar

  1. Heat the oil in a deep saucepan. Add the peeled and halved garlic. Add the basil.
  2. Let it fry, slowly, for 1-2 minutes: the garlic must be still white and basil leave must be a nice strong green.
  3. Add the canned tomatoes, add the tomato paste and sugar, stir, partially cover.
  4. Let it cook, over moderate eat (the sauce must bubble) for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Taste, season if you need to, serve!


You can keep the tomato sauce in the fridge, in a glass container, for 4-5 days: always reheat before use.

It’s perfect to top pasta, pizza or to add to casserole.