Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

I got this recipe from Lidia Bastianich's cookbook. It's a great recipe, the only change I made was I added garlic (my favorite ingredient). You can make this ahead and freeze it. So much better than jar sauce! If you cannot get San Marzano tomatoes, I recommend Colivata or Cento brands.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large pot, on medium head add olive oil, carrots and celery. Cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to low, add onion, crushed red pepper flakes (if using) and garlic cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly (being careful not to burn garlic).
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, water and salt, raise heat to med and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 1/2 hour stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaves.
  4. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Excellent. I used fire roasted tomatoes, and this was really, really good.

HawaiianChef July 22, 2014