Simple Tomato Sauce (Giada De Laurentiis)

Photo by Sandi B.
Adapted from foodnetwork.com

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

75

minutes

SERVINGS

6

cups

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

75

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Adapted from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1

    small onion, chopped

  • 2

    cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1

    stalk celery, chopped

  • 1

    carrot, chopped

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2

    (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

  • 4 to 6

    basil leaves

  • 2

    dried bay leaves

  • 4

    tablespoons unsalted butter, optional

Directions

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 carrots 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.

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