Classic Tomato Sauce

A good homemade tomato sauce only contains a few ingredients so the key is using quality ingredients. Use whole peeled tomatoes in their own juices such as San Marzano and of course, a high quality olive oil!


1/4 cup OLIVE & VINE extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 

a pinch of red pepper flakes

1 basil sprig, plus extra for garnish

one 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes 

3 teaspoons red wine vinegar or OLIVE & VINE Sherry Reserva vinegar

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a medium size bowl, crush the tomatoes with your hands or a potato masher extracting all the liquid. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and when it starts to shimmer, add the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently until softened, 10 - 12 minutes. Add the basil, tomatoes, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until slightly thickened, 20 - 30 minutes. 

Remove the basil. Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce until slightly smooth but retain a little texture. Season with more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve with spaghetti and garnish with basil and Parmesan cheese if desired, or use in any recipe calling for a classic tomato sauce.