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Simple Tomato Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes - (32 oz ea)
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional)

Details

Servings 6

Preparation

Step 1

In a large casserole pot, 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.

This recipe yields 6 cups.

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