Basic Tomato Sauce


  • 2 28-ounce cans San Marzano whole tomatoes (break up with your hands or an immersion blender)
  • 1 lb Italian sweet or hot sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 Tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • fresh basil leaves (cook in sauce plus some for garnish)


  1. Pour 2 tablespoons EVOO in heavy duty 8-quart pot
  2. When the oil is hot, add sausage links and brown both sides
  3. Remove browned sausage links and set aside.
  4. Add onion and cook until lightly browned and translucent
  5. Add garlic and stir well for 1 minute
  6. Add tomatoes, butter, oregano, and a few basil leaves , and the browned sausages.
  7. Stir well and often to prevent burning on the bottom while simmering for at least 1 hour (the longer it cooks the better)
  8. When done, remove the sausage links that can be saved for a different meal or serve with your favorite pasta dish.



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