Basic Tomato Sauce

Courtesy of Chef Will Packwood

Super easy

Basic Tomato Sauce


For 1 Person(s)


  • 1/2 cups good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 Fresno or other small chili, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 28-oz. cans of tomatoes
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves only
  • 1 anchovy fillets, mashed to a paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Basic Tomato Sauce Directions

  1. Place a large pot over medium-high heat and add the oil, onion and carrot. Season with a small amount of salt and pepper and allow the mixture to sweat until translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and chili and season with a small amount of salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Using your hands, crush the tomatoes and add them to the pot. Add the herbs and anchovies and stir to combine.
  4. Adjust the heat to a very low simmer and allow the tomato sauce to simmer for 1½ to 2 hours.
  5. Adjust the seasoning to taste and serve as desired. Store any unused sauce in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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