Quick Tomato Sauce

Sometimes we just do not have time to make our favorite tomato sauce. This is a quicker version, without onions and using a garlic press. We could have used an immersion blender like in our squid sauce but our regular blender was handy. We don’t even use fresh parsley, although it would be a nice addition.

Servings and Times

Serves: 3
Preparation Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

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We start by adding the oil to a medium pot and, using our garlic press, we crush the clove of garlic into the oil. We heat over medium-low heat while we puree our tomatoes with their liquid in the blender. When the garlic is fragrant, we add the tomatoes to the pot. We stir the sauce and add a pinch of salt, some red pepper flakes, the bay leaf, and the dried basil. We bring the sauce up to a simmer and partially cover.

We simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes and when ready to serve we add freshly ground black pepper.

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