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Homemade Tomato Sauce

What do you need to make a great pasta dish? Great tomato sauce! This is the sauce I used in my Spaghetti and Meatballs for Brian and Jakey.


I love making homemade tomato sauce. I sometimes make a super quick version, but this one has more complex and developed flavors. It's worth the two to three hours if you have the time! I also love that the tomatoes can be a little bit battered. If you have some ripe, but bruised, tomatoes, this is the perfect things to do with them.

Ingredients
  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 t fresh oregano
  • 1 t fresh thyme
  • 1/2 C red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • brown sugar to taste




Directions

Chop all by one of your tomatoes. Puree them in blender until smooth. Chop the last tomato and set aside. 


In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook onion and garlic in olive oil until the onion starts to soften and become translucent, approximately 5 minutes. Pour in pureed tomatoes and wine. Stir in chopped tomato and herbs. Place bay leaves in the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Stir in brown sugar and simmer - uncovered - for another 30 minutes. The sauce will reduce, thicken, and turn darker as the tomatoes caramelize. Adjust seasoning as needed. Discard bay leaves before serving.

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