Easy Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes picked fresh off the vine would be perfect to make an easy and quick tomato sauce; however, most of us don’t have the luxury of running out to the garden when it’s time to make dinner. So, when I want that “fresh from the garden” taste, I turn to delicious canned tomatoes, my fave being the San Marzano variety.  This sauce is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite pasta dishes or pizza.

Prep Time: 5 minutes    Cook Time: 20 minutes    Ready In: 20 minutes    Yields: 3 cups

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Kosher salt
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Ground black pepper

1. Heat the butter in medium saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add onion, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

2. Stir in tomatoes and sugar; increase heat to high and bring to simmer. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil and oil; season with salt and pepper. Serve.

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