This recipe is from Good and Cheap.
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There are many ways to make tomato sauce. While there is a time and place for the longer cooking and more complex sauces, I rarely find those times! This simple version is almost always what I make. This tomato sauce is boldly tomatoey and works on just about anything. It also takes 5 minutes to make. Can’t beat that.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp chile flakes
- 28 oz can canned tomatoes crushed or diced
- 1/2 lemon zested (optional)
- Salt and pepper
I often buy whole, canned tomatoes and puree them with an immersion blender or chop them. I tend to think the whole tomatoes are a little better than the tomatoes that are already crushed.