Essential Tomato Sauce

This is the most simple and freshest sauce, ever. Period. It's the only sauce I make.

I owe its essence to Jordi Viladas of Seattle's Cafe Lago.


  • Food mill

  • 28-ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes. I only buy Muir Glen.

  • Olive oil

  • Fresh garlic

  • Chili flakes


Puree tomatoes in a food mill. If you don't have a food mill, you can spin them in a food processor.

In a medium saucepan, heat 2-4 T olive oil over medium heat. Add:

  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed a bit

  • pinch chili flakes

Let the garlic brown gently on both sides.

Add the pureed tomatoes to the saucepan.

Simmer gently for about 15 minutes. The sauce will change in color from red to an orange.

Add kosher salt, to taste and serve.

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