Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Simple Tomato Sauce

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
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

In a large saute pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add celery 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.





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