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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.

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10 min
Prep Time
25 min
Total Time


1 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

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


 *Substitute 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    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.

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    Remove from heat; stir in remaining basil.

  4. STEP 4

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

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Tip #1

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

Nutrition (1/4 cup)

35 Calories
2 Fat (g)
5 Cholesterol (mg)
260 Sodium (mg)
5 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
1 Protein (g)
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