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Sometimes simplest is best.  At least it's often easier.  Here's a great tomato sauce that only takes moments to prepare, is delicious and healthy.  The olive oil helps increase your intake of that wonderful antioxidant, lycopene, in the tomatoes.  This is a great topping for spaghetti, linguini or other pasta.    Bring water to a boil for the pasta as you start getting things together for the sauce.  By the time the sauce starts to simmer, you can add the pasta to the boiling water, and voila!  It all finishes at the same time.   This is especially good with Quick & Easy Chicken Cutlets.

Basic Tomato Sauce

1 small to medium onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano

salt,  black pepper and/or cayenne to taste
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 28-oz can quality crushed tomatoes, such as Progresso or Contadina
1 8oz. can of tomato paste

Heat oil over medium heat.  Add chopped onions and sauté until soft.  Add minced garlic and spices and sauté another minute.  Add tomatoes and sugar. 

Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer gently for 10 to 15 minutes.  Add tomato paste, stir well to blend and simmer for another 3 or 4 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasonings if needed

Drain pasta well, and serve with the tomato sauce.

Note:  You may sauté some coarsely chopped mushrooms along with the garlic and spices if desired.   Button mushrooms are fine, but other types are more flavorful and far more nutritious, according to Dr. Weil.

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