Healthy Tomato Sauce

This sauce tastes great over pasta, fish, or grilled chicken. It can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Body+Soul, January/February 2006
  • Yield Makes about 2 cups
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 ounces (1 can) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 3 tablespoons dry red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  • Coarse salt, to taste


  1. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 7 minutes.

  2. Stir in tomatoes and juice, wine, oregano, and basil. Simmer 8 minutes or until lightly thickened. Season with salt to taste.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (4)

  • raphaelecb 17 May, 2012

    More good news: the lycopene in tomatoes is fat soluble. This means eating it with a small amount of oil makes it easier to absorb. Since there is olive oil in this delicious recipe, it makes it even better.

  • Xhirley 21 Nov, 2010

    I added mushrooms and tossed in the remainder of my giant box of baby spinach, and it turned out great! It's much like the "stewed tomatoes" you can buy in can, which I love!

  • xanalou 2 Jun, 2010

    This sauce was great over my Chicken Parmesan Recipe. It will freeze well too.

  • SMILETU 20 Nov, 2008

    I have always wanted to have and try a basic tomato sauce recipe, thanks.
    I have copied it and plan to try it very soon,over chicken.