If you are at the Lansdowne Farmers Market this weekend (in Ottawa) and are looking for a fresh and simple tomato sauce recipe, try this one:


  • 2 pounds of fresh tomatoes – cut in wedges
  • Garlic – 2 cloves crushed
  • Basil – Handful
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Sea salt – Pinch
  • Olive oil – 2 table spoons


  • Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat. When hot, add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds.
  • Add tomatoes, sugar, basil, salt and pepper. Maintain heat until tomatoes come to a simmer.
  • Turn heat down slightly to maintain constant simmer.
  • Cook until tomatoes break down and have formed a thick sauce (cooking time can be up to 45 minutes)

The sauce goes great with fresh pasta or if you mix with puy/green lentils.

Graham Beaton is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in downtown Ottawa at Ottawa Collaborative Care Centre.