3T. vegetable or olive oil
1c. chopped onion
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
1T. tomato paste
4c. chopped plum tomatoes with juice
1t. freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2t. dried basil or 1-1/2T. fresh basil, chopped
1/4t. crushed red pepper flakes
1T. fresh chopped parsley
Saute onion with oil on medium-high heat until transluscent and slightly browned (6-7 minutes). Reduce heat to medium and add garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally making sure not to burn. Add tomato paste, stir to combine, and saute for 1 minute more. Add chopped tomatoes and spices and stir to combine. Simmer 20 minutes and adjust salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!
Freezes well. Makes a generous 4 cups.