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.

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

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!

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

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