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Emeril's Basic Red Sauce

Simple and Delicious

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Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Emeril Lagasse shared his recipe for Basic Red Sauce with 'Good Morning America'.

Emeril used this sauce for his Spaghetti Pie, but you can use it with any Italian Dish.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup yellow onions (1 medium yellow onion), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic (2 cloves garlic), minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Cooking Directions

    In a medium, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, salt, basil, oregano and black pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, 5 minutes.

    Place the tomatoes in a large bowl and squeeze to break into small pieces. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and sugar to the pot and stir well. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.

    Lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally with a heavy wooden spoon.

    Yield: About 3 ½ cups sauce

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: onions, tomatoes, garlic, basil

    Course: Sauces and marinades

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