Paolo's Awesome Tomato Sauce

Total Time
2hrs 40mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This recipe is great for Gnocci or even better when used for pizza sauce!

Directions

  1. Clean, deseed, and chop Tomatoes and set aside.
  2. Peel, crush and finely chop garlic.
  3. Chop the fresh basil.
  4. In a large pan, over medium heat add the olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes.
  5. Saute the mixture until the garlic and pepper flakes have softened.
  6. Do not overcook this mixture or it will make the remaining ingredients too bitter.
  7. Add the tomatoes and salt to the pan and let the tomatoes break down to create "juice".
  8. At this time, lower the temperature to medium-low, simmering uncovered for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in the freshly chopped basil.
  10. Remove sauce mixture from pan and run through a food processor until smooth.
  11. Options:
  12. For Gnocchi, add 1/4 cup of heavy cream to sauce and heat gently to desired serving temperature.
  13. For Pizza Sauce, place sauce from food processor into 13 x 9 cake pan and bake for 2 hours in a 300 degree oven.
  14. This will remove the excess moisture from the sauce and thicken it to pizza sauce consistency.

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