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This is an old family recipe for when we run out of jarred tomato sauce!


Ingredients You'll Need

2 cans tomatoes {crushed}
1 can paste
1 small can tomato sauce
Fresh Garlic
Bay Leaves
Fennel Seeds
Virgin Olive OIl


Chop about 3 cloves of garlic and 1/2 onion into very small pieces.

Coat bottom of large sauce pot with olive oil.

Mix garlic and onion into tomato paste {works good if you use a food processor. If not, mix by hand}.

On low heat, allow oil to warm up.

Add the paste to oil and saute' until golden brown {be careful NOT to burn it}.

Add the 2 cans of crushed tomato.

Fill one of the empty tomato cans about 3/4 of the way w/ water and add to pot.

Stir in the small can of tomato sauce.

Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes, then add several pinches of Parsley, Basil, and fennel seeds. Stir well.

Put in about 3 or 4 bay leaves.

Cook on low heat for aprox 15 minutes, being sure to stir often.

Then add in a few pinches of sugar.

Continue to stir often and cook on low heat, adding more spices to taste as you go along.

Sauce should be ready in about an hour to an hour and 1/2.

Tastes great w/ all pastas!!

You can freeze the leftover sauce for a later day. Just pour into plastic containers and stick it in the freezer.

When you want to use it, run the container under hot water until frozen sauce falls loose.

Add about 1/2 cup water to a sauce pot, put the frozen sauce in, and heat on low {covered so it doesn't splatter} until ready to serve.

ONLY reheat sauce 1x!

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