Gourmet Tomato Sauce

What You Need

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 strip thick-cut bacon, minced
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup minced carrot
1/2 cup minced green pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 cans (28 ounces each) Italian-style peeled plum tomatoes with juices, cut up with scissors (see note below)
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper

Here's How

Heat the oil in a large wide saucepan. Add the onion, mushrooms, carrot, green pepper, and bacon. Sauté, stirring, until golden, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes and tomato paste to the saucepan. Heat, stirring, to simmering. Add the basil, bay leaf, and oregano. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and simmer for 1 hour longer, until sauce thickens. You may add water or wine if the sauce is too thick.

Note: It is easy to cut the tomatoes with scissors or kitchen shears while they are still in the can and i think the resulting sauce is much better than pureeing the tomatoes in a blendsr.


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