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Tomato Basil Sauce

Quick Tomato Basil Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Here’s the ideal quick tomato sauce recipe for pasta: Tomato Basil Sauce! It’s got a rustic texture and a tangy, developed flavor.


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 28 ounce whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup roughly chopped basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounces spaghetti or bucatini pasta


  1. Add the olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook for about 30 to 45 seconds until lightly browned and fragrant.
  2. Add the whole tomatoes with the can liquid, taking care as it will spit when the tomatoes hit the hot oil. Use a potato masher to break up the tomatoes into small pieces (see the sauce photo above). Add the kosher salt and chopped basil leaves and bring to a heavy simmer.
  3. Cover the saucepan with a lid slightly ajar and simmer, bubbling rapidly, for 10 to 12 minutes until thickened. It will have a chunky, rustic texture (see the photos). If you prefer it smoother, carefully pulse it in a standard blender or with an immersion blender until it comes to the desired texture. Serve with 8 ounces spaghetti.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Tomato basil sauce, tomato sauce, tomato sauce recipe