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Video:Quick Tomato Sauce

with Ben Kurtzman

Once you see how quick and easy this tomato sauce is to make, you will never have a reason to eat tomato sauce from a jar again.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tomato Sauce

Hi, I am Ben Kurtzman for About.com Food and today I am going to show you how to make a quick and delicious homemade tomato sauce. This is a recipe you can put together in 15 minutes, the same amount of time it takes most pasta to boil. Once you see how quick and easy this is to make, you will never have any reason to eat tomato sauce from a jar again.

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 a chopped onion
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 14 ounce jar of diced tomatoes

If you are planning to use today's recipe for pasta, it makes three servings.

Cook the Onions

Start by heating a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. To see if your olive oil is hot enough, sprinkle a little bit of water into the skillet. If it splatters, you will know you are ready to go. First, add the onion, and stir them occasionally until they are soft. It should take five minutes.

Stir in Additional Flavors

When the onions are ready, add the garlic, the salt, and the basil. Now we are going to add garlic. By adding the basil now, you will make sure it mixes well with the oil, which infuses its flavor throughout the sauce. Once you have added everything cook it for a minute or so. You want all of the onion and all of the garlic nicely coated with the basil and salt.

Pour in the Tomato

Once these ingredients are mixed, add the canned tomatoes and let them come to a boil. So now, as you can see, the tomatoes are starting to bubble up, so we are going to turn down the heat to low and let it simmer. I am going to take a little taste. That is really good, but I think it could use a little something extra.

Test and Adjust

Let us try a little balsamic vinegar. Sometimes, adding a little vinegar can give the sauce the extra kick it needs. Half a teaspoon should do. So let me give it a final taste to make sure it is just how I want it. That is perfect. We are good to go.

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