Garden Fresh Italian Tomato Sauce

I have been living by 2 tomato sauce recipes this summer – this one – and the one below.  Today I made 128 oz of this tomato sauce, I need a new freezer.  Please be careful when opening my freezer, blocks of tomato sauce could fall out and break your toes.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 
This sauce is pretty amazing.  When I tasted it I was blown away as it’s richness, thickness and freshness.  It tastes expensive.  It tastes like magic.  You will swoon.  You will eat it by the spoonful.  It’s real good.

Ingredients:
3.5 pounds of fresh tomatoes chopped– please make sure to skin and deseed them
7 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 bay leaf
6 oz tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
Skin and deseed your tomatoes, chop them up into quarter pieces.
Over medium heat add your olive oil to a pan.  Add garlic, sauté.
Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf.
Bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce to low and simmer for 90 minutes.
Stir in paste, basil and pepper. 
Simmer for 30 more minutes.
Remove bay leaf before eating/storing.

This freezes great in bags, I like to separate it into individual dinner servings (2 cups).

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More pictures behind the cut.

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For this I used a bunch of beef and roma tomatoes.  But I’ve also done this recipe with cherry tomatoes and it worked great too.

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The ingredients are simple, I bet you have everything in your cabinet now. 

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When you first start it, the tomatoes will be whole but they will simmer down..

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….To this saucy greatness!

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Throw some in a jar to use tonight or freeze for winter usage.

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