Make Your Own Tomato-Basil-Garlic Sauce!

Written by Laura McDonald

This is one of my go-to recipes when I’m looking for something quick, healthy and easy. My family always loves this dish. Serve it with a nice big salad and some fresh bread.

There's no added sugar, the garlic is great for the heart and immune system and the sweet basil is full of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, iron, calcium and it's a natural anti-inflammatory to boot.

Simply Sweet Tomato-Basil-Garlic Sauce

Serves 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-6 large beefsteak tomatoes (2-3 pounds) coarsely chopped
  • 6-10 cloves garlic, chopped (adjust amount according to taste, we like garlic!)
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, remove large stems, wash and let dry, chop or tear
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 box whole-wheat thin spaghetti (or) gluten free spaghetti

In large skillet, heat oil over low to medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn. Cook until it becomes golden. Add a drizzle more olive oil if needed.

Add tomatoes. Continue to cook over a simmering heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. They will reduce down a bit.

After about 10 minutes add about 1/4 of the basil, continue to stir in some basil about every ten minutes as you cook sauce, reserving some to garnish dish. Add a little salt and pepper along the way if you like.

For Pasta: Heat large pot of water to a roiling boil, add a little olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and cook pasta according to package directions. Lower amount of cooking time a minute or two if you like your pasta al-dente. Strain pasta and transfer to large serving bowl.

Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss well. Garnish with remaining fresh basil and sprinkle on parmesan (if adding).

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