Simple Tomato Sauce

Cuisinart original

This sauce comes together in no time but tastes like it has been simmering all day long. When reduced, it makes a tasty topping for homemade pizzas.


makes about 4 cups


  • 1 ½  teaspoons olive oil
  • 4          garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1          small onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾         teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1          can (28 ounces) whole plum tomatoes, with juices
  • ¼         cup dry white wine
  • ½         teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2          sprigs fresh basil (10 to 12 large leaves)
  • ¼         teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼  to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, to taste, for a spicier sauce)

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving (¼  cup): Calories 22 (20% from fat) | carb. 3g | pro. 1g | fat 0g sat. fat 0g | chol. 0mg | sod. 191mg | calc. 13mg | fiber 1g


  1. Put the olive oil into a large saucepan set over medium heat.
  2. While oil is heating, insert the chopping blade into the work bowl of the food processor. With the machine running, drop the garlic through the feed tube to chop. Turn unit off, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the onion. Pulse to chop, about 10 times.
  3. When the oil is hot add the garlic, onion and oregano to the pan. Sauté until onion is softened and the garlic is fragrant.
  4. While the onion mixture is cooking, add the tomatoes to the work bowl and pulse to chop. Add the tomatoes, wine and salt to the pan with the basil. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan loosely and simmer for about 1 hour. Turn off the heat and let the sauce cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Stir in the black pepper and optional red pepper flakes. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.

If you would like a sauce for pizza, continue to simmer, uncovered, for 40 additional minutes to reduce, stirring now and then. Transfer the reduced sauce to a bowl to cool before using as a pizza topping.