Mario Batali's Basic Tomato Sauce

Added to Recipes on Thu 09/27/2012


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 (28-oz) cans peeled whole tomatoes crushed by hand and juices reserved

Salt to taste



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.


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