Chunky vegetables and plenty of fresh basil give Cesare Casella's tomato sauce its distinctively Italian taste. Use it in his Lasagna with Bean Ragu.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place onion, celery, carrot, garlic, half of the basil, half of the parsley, and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened and begin to caramelize, about 20 minutes.

  • Add red pepper flakes and season with salt; cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft and golden, 15 to 20 minutes more. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Add 1 cup water, remaining basil and parsley. Season with salt and let simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper before using.