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Tomato-Basil Sauce

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Pizzeria
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  Makes about 2 cups (Serves 16)
This flavorful, yet basic, sauce embodies the simple, rustic elegance of classic Italian cooking at its best. It is used in a wide range of Italian dishes, including soups, pastas, baked dishes, risotto and, of course, pizzas, to which it adds a deeper, more fully developed flavor than the uncooked tomato sauce at left. If you find that your tomatoes lack a good balance of sweetness and acidity, add a few pinches of sugar to bring out their natural sweetness.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
12 plum (Roma) tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped, or 1 can (28 oz) plum (Roma) tomatoes, chopped, with their juices
8 large fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper
Tomato-Basil Sauce Recipe at
In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic and sauté for a few seconds just until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to break down and form a sauce, about 10 minutes.

Add the basil, season to taste with salt and pepper and raise the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and is no longer watery, 15 to 20 minutes.

Use immediately, or transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Serving Size = 2 tablespoons

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes about 2 cups (Serves 16)
Calories: 42
Fat. Total: 4g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 2g
Sodium: 4mg
% Cal. from Fat: 86%
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