Simple Tomato Sauce

Michelle served the Polenta Fries with a Simple Homemade Tomato Sauce.


Leftover tomato sauce can be freeze up to 6 months. Allow it to cool completely and pour into 1 to 2 cups portions into freezer plastic bags or glass containers for freezing.


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (32 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 dried bay leaf or basil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, optional


Source: this recipe is adapted from


Simple-Tomato-Sauce-03In a large casserole pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat.Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Add celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper.

Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Simple-Tomato-Sauce-04Add tomatoes and bay leaf and simmer uncovered on low heat for 1 hour or until thick.

Remove bay leaf and check for seasoning.

Simple-Tomato-Sauce-06Process the tomato sauce with a hand held blender until smooth.Add unsalted butter to round out the acidic flavours.

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