Simple Tomato Sauce
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis Via Foodnetwork.com
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 minutes
½ cup extravirgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ red pepper, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 (32ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
4 to 6 basil leaves
2 dried bay leaves (don’t crush, will need to remove later)
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 red pepper 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.
Add the sauce into a blender and process till smooth.
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.