Simple Tomato Sauce

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 35 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 20 min
 
YIELD: 6 cups
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional
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Directions

In a large casserole pot or Dutch over, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and bay leaves and simmer uncovered 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 1/2 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.

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  • on June 30, 2011

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    Having never made homemade tomato sauce before, I found this recipe to be very easy and worthwhile. It made for a smooth and scrumptious sauce for my spaghetti and meatballs. I also froze a portion of the sauce and used it about 1 month later. The sauce tasted every bit as fresh as the day I made it.

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