- Skill Level: Easy
- Cost: Inexpensive
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Can be made ahead of time.
This sauce is unusual because it does not begin with the usual onion or garlic cooked in olive oil or butter. Instead, the aromatics are simmered along with the tomatoes so the sauce has a delicate vegetable flavor. Serve it with any of the fresh pastas or as a sauce for a frittata or other omelet.
1. In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the tomatoes, carrot, onion, celery, a pinch of salt, and basil. Cover the pot and cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a simmer. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
2. Let cool slightly. Pass the sauce through a food mill or puree it in a food processor or blender. Reheat gently and taste for seasoning. Stir in the oil. Serve hot. Can be made ahead and stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 2 months.
Nutritional information is based on 1/2 cup of Fresh Tomato Sauce per serving.