Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 15-ounce cans of tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Sweat the vegetables in the oil until the onions are transluscent.
  2. Add the tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay, and sugar.
  3. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer.
  4. Cook for half an hour to 45 minutes.
  5. (Optional) Blend or put the sauce through a food mill until the sauce is smooth and uniform rather than chunky.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Yield

Makes about 2 quarts.