Heat the olive oil in a stockpot over medium low heat. Add the garlic first and give it about 30 seconds alone in the oil.
Add your onion, raise to medium heat, and continue to cook for about 10 minutes
Carefully pour in the (undrained) whole peeled tomatoes, crushed tomatoes. Stir and then add the tomato paste and 1 tablespoon of the basil
Optional: add a splash of vodka or rum