Mario Batali's Basic Tomato Sauce

The stars of the hit talk show The Chew stopped by The Dr. Oz Show to cook one of their favorite meals from their new cookbook, The Chew: Food. Life. Fun. This easy homemade tomato sauce from chef Mario Batali is the perfect addition to any pasta dish. If you're feeling adventurous, try it with this wine-stained pasta with sausage meatballs and cauliflower.

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  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1/2 medium carrot, shredded
  • 2 can (28 oz) peeled whole tomatoes
  • salt


In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the thyme and carrot and cook 5 minutes more, until the carrot is quite soft.

Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until as thick as hot cereal.

Season with salt and serve.