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Basic Tomato Sauce
Makes 2 ½ pints
*3 tbls. olive oil
*1 large onion, chopped
*2 cloves garlic, minced
*3 lbs. ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped or 3 cans (16 oz. each) tomatoes, chopped with liquid
*Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
*2 tsp. fresh basil, chopped
*1 bay leaf
*1 tsp. dried oregano
*1 small carrot, grated
*3 tbls. tomato paste
1Heat oil in large saucepan, add onion and garlic. Saute over medium-low heat until onions are transparent and softened. (See note: add mushrooms if desired).
2Add tomatoes and simmer over low heat stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add salt, pepper, basil, bay leaf and oregano and continue to cook until sauce thickens, about 45 minutes. When sauce is cooked, add carrot and tomato paste. Reseason if necessary. Cook another 10 minutes.
3Remove bay leaf. Transfer to food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Serve with your choice of pasta.
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms can be added to onion and garlic and sauteed 2 minutes longer.