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3 Ingredient Sublime Tomato Sauce

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When Farmers Markets are spilling over with tomatoes and I find myself incorporating them into every lunch and dinner… sometimes breakfast, too.

This sauce is ridiculously simple– just 3 ingredients– and because it is made of so few ingredients, it is utterly imperative that the ingredients be fabulous. So, if you can’t get hold of super ripe, summer tomatoes yet, wait until you can. And if you don’t have a bottle of really good (read: expensive) extra virgin olive oil, wait until you can afford one.

This sauce is worth the wait.

RECIPE: 3 Ingredient Sublime Tomato Sauce


  • 1/4 cup excellent olive oil
  • 4 fat cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 medium, ripe tomatoes, chopped


  1. Pour half of the olive oil into a large sauce pan or wok, add in the sliced garlic and set the heat over medium. Allow it to heat up slowly. Have the tomatoes chopped and ready. When the garlic just barely begins to turn golden, and becomes very fragrant, add in the tomatoes, and put a pound of pasta (preferably spaghetti) into a large pot of very salted, boiling water.
  2. Bring the sauce up to a simmer, uncovered, season with a goodly amount of sea salt– taste it, it should taste fabulous, if not, add a wee bit more salt. When the pasta is 1 minute from being done, scoop out 3/4 of a coffee mug full of the pasta cooking water and pour it into the sauce. Bring the sauce back to a strong simmer and drizzle in the remaining olive oil. Drain the pasta and pile it into the sauce, turn and coat every noodle with the sauce, allowing the pasta to absorb that wonderful tomato sauce. Let it sit in the sauce for 1 minute.
  3. Serve at once with Parmesan, if desired (but it's not necessary).

Recipe via Finding Tasty

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