Basic Tomato Sauce
Having canned tomatoes on hand allows you to make this basic tomato sauce in about 15 minutes.
Recipe type: Sauce
For 3 cups of sauce...
  • 3 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, fine diced
  • 2 Tbl. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. In a 3 qt. heavy saucepan, heat olive oil of medium heat.
  2. Add onion, garlic, carrot, and thyme and cook until onions are soft, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add canned tomatoes with juices and bring to a boil.
  4. Then lower heat and simmer another 5 minutes.
  5. For smooth sauce, puree in blender.
  6. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Before blending, I will generally reserve about ½ cup of sauce to add back in. I like the texture it gives.
Recipe by Lemony Thyme at