Simple Tomato Sauce
Adapted from The Best Recipe

2-4 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 – 1 cup chopped onion
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
Dash of red wine
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Small dash of balsamic vinegar or sugar (optional, use if you want a sweeter sauce)
Wee pinch of instant coffee (optional, use if your sauce is too sweet)

Add the olive oil to a saucepan and place over medium head. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, wine, and red pepper flakes (optional). Cook for about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Add the sweetening or bittering ingredients if you want. Simmer longer if it’s too watery. Keep warm while making whatever you’re making.

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