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Quick Tomato Sauce {Salsa di Pomodoro Rapida}

A tomato sauce that is quick and easy to make but tastes like you've spent the entire day slaving over the stove.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: pasta dish - side
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Marisa Franca @ All Our Way


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1/2 carrot opt. chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper q.b. (quanto basta) to taste
  • 1 28 oz. San Marzano peeled tomatoes in Sauce
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves rolled up and thinly sliced chiffonade
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon rinsed capers
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter


  • In a medium size heavy pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the celery, carrot (optional) and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, rinsed capers, basil, and bay leaf. Smush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Simmer covered on low heat for about an hour or until thick. Remove the bay leaf and check for seasoning.
  • To smooth out any type of acidic taste add 1 Tablespoon of the butter and mix until melted. Taste again and if you think it's needed add the other Tablespoon of butter. This should round out the flavors.


  • If you have soffritto on hand you can skip the sauteing the onion, garlic, celery, carrot in the olive oil and add 1/2 cup soffritto.
  • The reason the carrot is optional is because carrots sometimes have a tendency to make a sauce sweet -- it's your call.


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.1mg