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    Simple Tomato Sauce

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    1 hrs 35 mins

    15 mins

    1 hrs 20 mins

    seahorse73's Note:

    Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis Show: Everyday Italian Episode: All About Lasagna

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    1. 1
      In a large casserole pot or Dutch over, heat oil over medium high heat.
    2. 2
      Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper.
    4. 4
      Sauté until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add tomatoes and bay leaves and simmer uncovered on low heat for 1 hour or until thick.
    6. 6
      Remove bay leaves and check for seasoning.
    7. 7
      If sauce still tastes acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time to round out the flavors.
    8. 8
      Add 1/2 the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor.
    9. 9
      Process until smooth.
    10. 10
      Continue with remaining tomato sauce.
    11. 11
      If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and pour 1 to 2 cup portions into freezer plastic bags.
    12. 12
      This will freeze up to 6 months.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 29, 2011


      I've made this dozens of times and it is the perfect base for so many dishes. Searched for this on so I could easily retrieve it when I'm not at home because I prepare this when traveling. Thanks Seahorse73!

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    • on December 27, 2007


      This recipe was terrrrrrific! Or at least the way it turned out because I didn't have *two* cans of tomatoes or bay leaves. I also didn't have a lot of time, so it only simmered for half an hour and didn't puree it, either. It was so delicious, I couldn't believe it. I ate spoonfuls of it as if it were soup... My husband thought it was from a jar - high praise, since I can't make sauce for the life of me. Or so I thought, until this recipe.

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    • on August 03, 2007


      When my friend came back from a year in Italy she made this sauce and I never knew how. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Simple Tomato Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (2356 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 371.6
    Calories from Fat 195
    Total Fat 21.6 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 420.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 49.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 15.1 g
    Sugars 1.1 g
    Protein 7.8 g

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