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Homemade Marinara Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Course: Pasta Sauce, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: how to make marinara sauce, how to make spaghetti sauce, how to make tomato sauce, marinara sauce, marinara sauce recipe, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti sauce recipe, tomato sauce, tomato sauce recipe
Author: Olive
This is Food Network’s Giada de Laurentiis’ recipe for Simple Tomato Sauce. I always make a batch of this whenever I have the time and store it in the fridge or in the freezer.
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  • In a large casserole pot, heat oil over medium high heat.
  • Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes.
  • Add celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper.
  • Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, basil, and bay leaves and simmer covered on low heat for 1 hour or until thick.
  • Remove bay leaves and check for seasoning.
  • If sauce still tastes acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time to round out the flavors.
  • Add half the tomato sauce into the bowl of a food processor.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Continue with remaining tomato sauce.
  • If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and pour 1 to 2 cup portions into freezer plastic bags.
  • This recipe will yield 6 cups of tomato sauce and will freeze up to 6 months.
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