In a large casserole
pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion
and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add celery
and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes
, basil, and bay leaves and simmer
covered on low heat for 1 hour or until thick. Remove bay leaves
and check for seasoning. If sauce still tastes acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time to round out the flavors.
Add half the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor
. Process until smooth. Continue with remaining tomato sauce
If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and pour 1 to 2 cup portions into freezer plastic bags. This will freeze up to 6 months.