Basic Tomato Sauce

Mario Batali shares a tomato sauce recipe sure to spice up any pasta dish.

ByABC News via logo
November 17, 2008, 3:50 PM

Dec. 09, 2008— -- Mario Batali divulges some of his favorite recipes for an Italian-inspired meal. From tasty tomato sauce to sweet and succulent blackberry pie, these recipes bring restaurant-quality cuisine right to your kitchen table.

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Makes 4 cups


¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Spanish onion, finely diced

4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1 tablespoon dried

½ medium carrot, finely shredded

2 28-ounce cans peeled whole tomatoes

Kosher 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, 8-10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot and cook for 5 minutes more, or until the carrot is quite soft. With your hands, crush the tomatoes and add them with their juices. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the sauce is as thick as hot cereal. Season with salt and serve.

Courtesy of Mario Batali