Classic Red Sauce

classic red sauce
Photo: Heami Lee
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
5 cups

You only need five ingredients (not including salt!) to make our ultimate red sauce.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups finely chopped onion

  • Kosher salt

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • 2 cans (each 28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes in juice, pureed in a blender or food processor


  1. Heat a straight-sided skillet over medium. Swirl in oil; add onion and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent, 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in garlic and red-pepper flakes; cook 30 seconds. Add tomatoes to skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened slightly, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes

For the purest fresh-from-the-vine flavor, we like Muir Glen Organic whole peeled tomatoes, available at most grocery stores.

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