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Chef Marc Vetri's Basic Tomato Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 Servings


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 29 ounces plum tomatoes with juice cored and crushed by hand (8 – 12 fresh plum tomatoes, skins removed, cored and crushed by hand)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat up oil in a saucepan over medium heat and when hot, add the onion and sauté for about 4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  • Add the tomatoes with any juices and crush them lightly.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer, reduce heat to low and continue simmering for 45 minutes or until the tomatoes fall apart.