Simple Classic Tomatoe Sauce (Mainara)

2 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes (can subsitute crushed tomatoes) 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 diced medium onion, 5 cloves minced garlic, 2 TBS dried basil or handful fresh basil, salt and pepper to taste, crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


Pour olive oil in bottom of saucepan. Saute oions, garlic, basil, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper til soft about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes. Cook on simmer after you bring up to almost a boil. Crush the tomatoes with a food processsor in batches, a potato masher works fine, can also pass through a seive with a handle.Let simmer on a the stove for about an hour. This sauce is perfect with pasta. So easy...and much better than any jar.

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