This recipe is a combination of tomato sauce recipes that are made throughout the family. It’s so interesting how everyone, even within the same family, makes it differently. From my grandmother to my mom to my aunts; they all come out slightly different, but always delicious 🙂 My grandmother passed her recipe down to my mom and she passed it down to me. I have taken the base and added things here and there that make it to my liking. I like a creamy, no chunks, tomato sauce that has a lot of flavor from seasonings. Certainly this recipe is a guide. As a true Italian, I feel like I make it slightly different every time. But this time I really tried to take notice of the measurements and cooking times so that I can share the recipe with you. Now, this recipe makes a large pot of sauce. I usually like to make more than I need, then freeze the rest in smaller containers so it can be defrosted for future meals. So feel free to cut down on the amount, or even double it (if you have a pot large enough), it’s up to you.
Total Time: 2 hours
4 Tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 6 oz. cans tomato paste
2 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
2 28 oz. cans whole peeled tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 bay leaves
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, oregano and Italian seasoning and sauté for 2-3 minutes until the herbs have infused into the oil.
2. Add the tomato paste and stir. I love using my handy wooden spoon. Take one of the cans from the paste, fill with water and add to the pot. Repeat this 3 more times. The water mixed with the paste will be the base of the sauce. Stir until the paste is dissolved in the water and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
3. Using a blender, blend each can of whole peeled tomatoes separately then add to the pot. Add the cans of crushed tomatoes to the pot. Add the red pepper flakes, sugar, basil and bay leaves. Stir all together.
4. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.