, or 1 tbsp dried basil leaves
SEED and coarsely chop tomatoes. They should measure about 10 cups.
HEAT a large saucepan over medium. Add oil, then onion and garlic. Cook until onion is soft, 3 to 4 min. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and salt. Season with fresh pepper. Cook, stirring often, until thickened, about 15 min. Stir in basil. Toss with cooked pasta or use as dip for garlic bread.