Mario Batali’s Basic Tomato Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 190
tomato sauce pot with herbs


  • 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.