Simple, Fast, Easy, Tomato Basil Sauce


I make sauce a lot.  All types of sauce.  I make cheesy sauces, cream sauces, tomato sauces, among others.   It helps when you’re a vegetarian to always have a good sauce you can smother all over bread.

This is my tomato basil sauce.  I use it for pizza and as my own sauce when the boys are having a meat sauce.  I think it’s delicious.  You should try it too .

Simple, Fast, Easy, Tomato Basil Sauce

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic or roasted garlic , grated or minced
  • 1/2 tsp.  Crushed Red Pepper (*Optionally More, To Taste)
  •  28-Ounce Can Roma Style Tomatoes
  • 6 Ounces  (1 can) Tomato Paste
  • Kosher or Sea Salt 1 tbs.  (*Optionally More, To taste)
  • 1/4 tsp.  Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Cup, Packed Basil Leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated,  parmesan (optional)
  • Ground Black Pepper* (optional)


1.  Place large pot over medium heat.

2.  Add olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Stir and let cook until you can smell the garlic.

3.  Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir & bring to light simmer.  Add Balsamic vinegar.

4.  Add Salt.  Taste.  Add more salt  if needed.  Taste.  Repeat salt, if necessary.

5.  Add basil.  Simmer for about 2 minutes more.   Stir.  Turn off of heat.

Bring to room temp.  Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to a month.

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22 thoughts on “Simple, Fast, Easy, Tomato Basil Sauce

  1. This sauce looks delish and pretty simple which I LOVE! Looks like it would be a great sauce for an easy and quick weeknight dinner. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yeah, the simplicity is what I love about it too. Anybody can dump a bunch of dried seasonings into a sauce, but this is at least a nice base. I like it without any extras but sometimes some roasted red peppers and kalamata olives (and 1/4 cup grated onion – don’t tell my family. They think they hate onions) make it extra special. That was the inspiration for the aforementioned puttanesca pizza.

      I also make this with fresh tomatoes in the summer. So good.

  2. This looks fantastic! The bf and I absolutely LOVE red sauce (on anything, really), so this is definitely going to be a must-try.

    If you’d like to explore some pizza options, I just wrote a blog on homemade pizza (complete with pictures!) that you should check out. It’s wonderful stuff :)

    Anyway, thanks for sharing, and keep doing what you do!!

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