• Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Simple Tomato Sauce


Basic Tomato Sauce

By Andrew Zimmern

Everyone should know how to make a simple tomato sauce because there are so many ways to use it in the kitchen. Here’s my go-to recipe.

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Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Simple Tomato Sauce

Servings: makes 3 cups


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 1 basil sprig
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Kosher salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • One 28-ounce can tomato puree, preferably Italian
  • Pepper


In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic, onion, basil, a pinch of chile flake and oregano. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the wine and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and sugar. Add the tomato paste and tomato puree. Stir to combine and simmer over moderately low heat for 20 minutes. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper as needed.

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