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Simple Tomato Sauce

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


•1 onion, diced

•8 cloves garlic, minced

•3 tablespoons olive oil

•salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

•1 tablespoon dried thyme

•1 teaspoon dried basil

•½ medium carrot, finely shredded

•2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes


• Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until onions become translucent, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the herbs and carrot and cook 5 minutes more. Add the tomatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce heat so that the sauce simmers slowly for one hour. Stir occasionally. Check seasoning and adjust with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve over your favorite pasta topped with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving: about 140 calories and 7 grams (g) of fat.

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