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Tomato Sauce Recipe

Use this tomato sauce to make Eggplant Parmigiana and Rigatoni alla Norma from chefs Fabrizio and Nicola Carro.

  • yield: Makes about 5 1/2 cups

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until soft and translucent, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add tomatoes and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally and taking care not to let sauce stick to the bottom of the pot, about 2 1/2 hours.

  3. Step 3

    Remove from heat and, using an immersion blender, blend until smooth, adding basil leaves as you blend. Alternatively, working in batches, you can transfer tomato sauce to the jar of a conventional blender, adding basil leaves as you blend.

  4. Step 4

    Season with salt and pepper and reheat to use immediately or let cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to use, 3 to 5 days.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2010

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