Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce

Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce

A tomato sauce recipe made with tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic is simmered, seasoned with butter and perfect to serve over your choice of pasta.

10 min. prep time
2 cups
353 Ratings


1 medium (1/2 cup) onion, finely chopped
4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
3 medium (2 1/2 cups) tomatoes, seeded, chopped
2 tablespoons Italian-style tomato paste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves*
3/4 teaspoon salt


Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan until sizzling; add onion and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until onion is softened.

Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons basil and salt; continue cooking 1-2 minute or suntil mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10-12 minutes or until tomatoes are softened.

Remove from heat; stir in remaining basil.

Spoon sauce over hot cooked linguine, angel hair (capellini) pasta or fettuccine.

*Substitute 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves.

Recipe Tip

Adding some of the basil at the end of the cooking process intensifies the flavor of the herb.

Nutrition Facts (1/4 cup)

Calories: 35

Fat: 2g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 260mg

Carbohydrates: 5g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #10341©1998Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This was yummy. I also added a touch of sugar and red pepper flakes. If my tomatoes keep doing well. I plan on canning this. Next time I'm adding mushrooms
I added a touch of sugar and some crushed red pepper to this recipe. My whole family loved it!
Great use of fresh, home grown summer tomatoes, delicious. I added just a touch of sugar to the sauce.

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