Basic Tomato Sauce

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Basic Tomato Sauce
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  • 8Servings


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1/2 carrot, finely shredded
  • 2 28 ounce cans peeled whole tomatoes
  • Salt


In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened and light golden-brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot and cook until the carrot is tender, about 5 minutes.

Using your hands, crush the tomatoes and add them with their juice to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring, then lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt.