This is the kind of sauce I whip up when I need something quick for a simple pasta or homemade pizza. The ingredients are simple and easy to keep on hand, and once you’ve made it a couple times it becomes second nature-you’ll give up on jarred sauces very quickly.
Yields about 1½ cups of sauce
1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
3 tbsp. olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic, pressed
2 large fresh basil leaves, shredded Saucy Note: Basil helps brighten the sauce up, but it can be dried or omitted if you don’t have any fresh.
1 tsp. red wine vinegar (balsamic works as a substitute, but I personally find it a little sweet)
½ tbsp. Taste #5 Umami Bomb Original Tomato Paste Saucy Note: If you do not possess this magical secret ingredient, subsititute by mixing 1 tbsp. tomato paste with ½ tsp. garlic powder, ½ tsp. onion powder, and ¼ tsp. salt.
Pour the olive oil into a cold, medium sized nonstick saucepan. Use a garlic press to crush the cloves into the pan, and then turn the heat on to medium-low. Cook slowly until garlic starts to sizzle and become fragrant. Begin stirring constantly to keep garlic from burning, until it reaches a light golden brown. Add the vinegar and cook for a few seconds more, and then add the tomato sauce. Add the tomato paste, and stir to incorporate. Stir occasionally until the mixture starts to bubble, and then stir continuously for 1 minute more. Remove from heat and stir in shredded basil. Cover for 3 minutes. Salt to taste.