Upon request here is a very basic and easy recipe for a yummy tomato sauce. This sauce can be made ahead of time and can be used as a base for any Italian dish. It can be placed in containers and frozen in small amounts so you can use as needed. So enjoy.
2 large cans of peeled organic tomatoes, whole or chopped
6-8 roma tomatoes, rough chopped
1/2 onion, rough chopped
2 carrots, peeled and rough chopped
5 large cloves garlic, peeled and rough chopped
1 TBS tomato paste
5 sprigs fresh thyme (or 2 tsp dried thyme)
2-3 sprigs fresh oregano (or 1 TBS dried oregano)
1/2 c. water as needed
1-2 TBS olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste
Place a medium saucepot on the stove over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Next add onion and carrot and saute for 2-3 minutes then add garlic and cook another minute. Add all the tomatoes, tomato paste and herbs. Stir and add water. Bring to a boil and then cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 35-45 minutes to release all the flavors stirring occasionally. Finally puree the sauce in a blender, add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Notes: For a thicker sauce, puree only half the sauce and combine it with the remaining sauce. To freeze, let sauce cool, place in freezer safe containers and store.