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Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
I've made this for years in the kitchen, usually in 3 gallon batches or more. It freezes well and is a good base for meat sauce if you want to add equal portions of browned, ground beef and Italian sausage
- 3 (28 ounce) cans plum tomatoes
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 1⁄2 small bell pepper
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 carrot
- 1 cup mushroom
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 pinch dried thyme
- 1⁄2 cup red wine
- 1 anchovy fillet, mashed
- Pour 2 of the canned tomates into large bowl and mash into pieces with hands.
- Purree contents of third can and add.
- Dice all the vegetables and garlic and saute in the oil with bay leaf until just tender.
- Add all remaining spices except sugar.
- Stir for one minute.
- Add all remaining ingredients.
- Simmer on low heat in large, non-reactive pot (uncovered) for at least one hour.
With no red wine on hand, I substituted 1/4 cup red wine vinegar and a little water, adding an extra pinch of sugar to offset the sharper taste. And like the previous poster, I used anchovy paste. These changes didn't seem to have any negative effect because the resulting sauce was excellent! I served it with toasted ravioli, and it was a big hit. The thick consistency kept it from being messy, and the red pepper flakes kicked up the flavor a notch, as promised. I'm not quite sure if I'd like it as much over pasta, but it was perfect for 'dipping'. Beats the heck out of any marinara sauce in a jar! Thanks so much for sharing this one, Chef Blade.
This sauce is fantastic! The flavors are perfectly balanced, with a nice depth (don't fear the anchovy). Although the ingredient list may seem long, it's quick and easy to put together. I used about 1/2 t of anchovy paste from a tube and added an additional t of sugar because my tomatoes were rather tart. Served it with browned hamburger added and simmered and even pureed some of the finished product for my chunk- phobic children - also great. It makes quite a bit - 2-3 meals for four. I've made a few sauces, including a highly rated one from this site and this is the sauce I'll be making again.Thanks Chef Blade!