- These are a few brands of canned tomatoes I really like: La Valle, Mutti, DiNapoli, and Cento.
- To make a vodka variation, use vodka in place of the white wine, and purée the sauce with 1/2 cup of cream at the end.
- Freeze the sauce for up to 3 months. I love these deli containers for storing sauces and dressings.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cups finely chopped white or yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- kosher salt
- Pinch crushed chili flakes
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 28-oz can of peeled whole San Marzano tomatoes, see notes above
- 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil (about 1/2 ounce)
- In a medium pot, combine the oil, onions, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt. Turn the heat to high. As soon as the onions and garlic begin simmering, give them a stir, turn the heat to low, and cover the pot. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Uncover the pot, add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, stir once or twice, raise the heat to high; then add the wine. Let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the alcohol smell dissipates.
- Add the tomatoes. Using scissors, snip the tomatoes into smaller pieces. Season with a generous pinch of salt, and cook at a gentle simmer for 15 minutes.
- Transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor. Add the basil. Purée until smooth. Taste and adjust with more salt if necessary. (Alternatively use an immersion blender to purée)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Sauce
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian, American
Keywords: quick, tomato, basil, sauce, canned