Mario Batali's Basic Tomato Sauce

Mario Batali's At-Home Comfort Food

GMA Recipes
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Make this recipe from Mario Batali the starting point for all your Italian meals.

This sauce holds one week in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer.


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped in 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1/2 medium carrot, finely-shredded
  • 2 cans peeled whole tomatoes (28-ounces each), crushed by hand and juices reserved
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cooking Directions

    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.

    Recipe copyright 2005, Mario Batali from his cookbook, "Molto Italiano : 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home"

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: garlic, carrot, tomatoes, thyme

    Course: Sauces and marinades

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