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Many years ago my lovely Irish husband and I went to cookery school in Italy.  It was a fantastic trip and one of the best things to come out of it was the tomato sauce recipe that follows. We use it for everything from pizza topping to pasta  and, with the addition of a little water, it also makes a hearty soup.

This recipe takes five minutes to pull together and another half-hour to cook. It smells divine, tastes great and is good for you (unlike most of those jars at the grocery store).  If you want to make it complicated, by all means add diced carrots, sausage, red pepper flakes, and Italian herbs like oregano, marjoram and parsley. Me? I like it simple and delicious.  You will too.  Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

(Serves six as a pasta sauce)

4 tbsp good olive oil

1 onion, chopped finely (1/2 cup)

1 kg of tinned tomato pieces in their liquid

garlic, minced, to taste (1 tblsp)

handful of fresh basil, shredded or chopped

sugar to taste

salt and pepper to taste


1.  Put the olive oil and onions into a big pot and sauté until the onions become translucent.

2.  Add the next four ingredients and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes or until it is reduced and concentrated by about


3.  Salt and pepper to taste.

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