All recipes are for 2 servings unless noted. Oil is canola oil and salt is kosher salt.


Simple tomato sauce

Among a number of variations, this simple tomato sauce works very well when used as a supporting ingredient in variety of dishes.


1 large can tomatoes (28 oz)
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil (not in photo)
Pinch salt (not in photo)


Peel and crush garlic. Cut off the root end and smash with side of knife. This way, the skin peels off effortlessly.


In a pan or pot, heat olive oil, and add garlic. Cook on medium low heat until garlic browns.

Add tomato, and reduce by one-third.

Taste, and add salt if necessary.

  • Removing or leaving garlic in tomato sauce is up to you.
  • Always taste sauce before adding salt. Lots of canned tomato imparts a salty taste when reduced, and adding salt without tasting first could result in a disastrously salty sauce.
  • The sauce freezes well.

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