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Fresh and Easy Tomato Basil Sauce

Courtesy Katie Stilo
4 cups of sauce

Chef notes

This recipe is an incredible way to use all of the juicy and overripe tomatoes from the end of the season. Use the sauce in an easy pasta or shakshuka recipe.

Technique tip: Sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week or frozen for up to three months.

Swap option: Swap out garlic for one small shallot.


  • 10 pounds fresh tomatoes, large tomatoes seeded and all tomatoes chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, grated
  • 5-7 sprigs basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper



Add tomatoes to a blender or food processor and blend until chunky-smooth.


Combine tomatoes and remaining ingredients in a large pot or Dutch oven over high heat, stirring occasionally, bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low.


Cook for one hour, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and reduced by almost half. Adjust seasoning to taste and enjoy!