Fresh Herb Tomato Sauce

Serves 4-

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

¼ cup onion, finely chopped

1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce

½ cup water

½ teaspoon sugar

1 ½ teaspoons basil, finely chopped

1 teaspoon oregano, finally chopped

½ teaspoon thyme, finely chopped

½ teaspoon parsley, finely chopped

1 bay leaf


Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes (if using). Cook until onion is translucent (approximately 2-3 minutes).

Add tomato sauce, water, sugar, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Add basil, oregano, thyme, and parsley. Cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, remove bay leaf, and serve over cooked pasta.


From “Fresh Herb Tomato Sauce” by Chef Capani.  Posted to on March 16, 2009.  Downloaded on December 27, 2015.

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