Our Italian friends figure we’ve got it all wrong. They do not simmer tomato sauce all afternoon, and they don’t load it with herbs. This is what they call Americano-style tomato sauce. Forget what your mother taught you, and try this recipe. It takes less than 30 minutes.

Our Italian friends figure we’ve got it all wrong. They do not simmer tomato sauce all afternoon, and they don’t load it with herbs. This is what they call Americano-style tomato sauce.

Italians crave a bright, fresh-tasting sauce where the tomato flavor is pronounced and not hidden by other flavors. This is the world of salsa di pomodoro, which is Italian for tomato sauce.

Forget what your mother taught you, and try this recipe. It takes less than 30 minutes to create a rich, flavorful sauce for all uses.

Simply Italian Tomato Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes 1 medium onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon dried basil or marjoram 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil and saute onions for three minutes. Puree tomatoes in a food processor, and pour sauce over onions. Add garlic, herb and pepper flakes. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serves 4.

Note: Stir in a half cup of pasta water to “loosen” the sauce.