Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
After eating Canneloni Genovese too many times at a local restaurant, a friend and I set out to recreate the Rosatella Sauce at home. Here is the basic sauce. that seems about as close as we can get. It's the best of a simple marinara sauce combined with alfredo sauce.
- 1⁄8 cup olive oil or 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 small onions, finely chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 2 (32 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 1 cup heavy cream
- In a large pot, heat the oil/butter over a medium-high flame.
- Add the onions and garlic.
- Sauté until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Add the celery, carrots, and 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and pepper.
- Sauté until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, oregano, parsley and bay leaves, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 1 hour.
- Remove and discard the bay leaf.
- Add heavy cream and bring to temperature.
- Mix in parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
- Season the sauce with more salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, to taste.
- The sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat before using.
Hubby and I loved this vegetarian meal! What a great way to get carrots, and didn't mind the celery either. I used 1 teaspoon dried oregano and 1/2 cup grated parmesan-the directions don't match the ingredient list. I did have a problem here though -I did not have 62 ounces of crushed tomatoes in house (we live 16 miles from store) so used what I had on hand. 32 ounces of crushed tomatoes, some fresh tomatoes, and a 10 ounce can of Rotel tomatoes which had green chiles in them. Sigh such is life. I did try to spoon out most of the chiles but some still ended up in there-guessing about a teaspoon. Thank you VQ for sharing a keeper. Made for PAC Fall 2011.