Quick & Easy Tomato Sauce

Quick & Easy Tomato Sauce | ChopChop


This all-purpose tomato sauce is excellent on any shape pasta, polenta, rice or barley. It can even go on burger instead of ketchup!

Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Makes: 3 cups

Kitchen Gear: 

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Large skillet
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Large sharp knife


1 teaspoon
olive oil
1 clove
garlic, minced
1 1⁄2 teaspoon
dried basil
1⁄2 teaspoon
dried oregano
28- ounce can diced tomatoes, including the liquid
2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
chopped fresh basil leaves, rinsed with cold water


  1. Put the skillet on the stove, add the oil and garlic and turn the heat to low. Cook until the garlic is just golden, 1-2 minutes. 
  2. Add the basil and oregano, stir well, and cook 30 seconds. 
  3. Add the tomatoes and water and cook until the ingredients come together, 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.


Try This! 
Substitute canned tomatoes with 3 1/2 cups of chopped (or diced) fresh tomatoes. Follow directions as above and cook until thickened, about 15-20 minutes.

Did you know? 
Tomatoes contain tons of vitamins, but are especially rich in lycopene (LIE-ko-peen), which is good for your heart and may have cancer-protecting powers.