Classic Marinara Sauce
|Extra virgin olive oil||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Garlic||3 Clove (15 gm), peeled|
|Tomato paste||1 Tablespoon|
|Canned whole peeled tomatoes||35 Ounce, crushed by hand (1 Can, With Their Juices)|
|Freshly ground pepper||To Taste|
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil.
Add the garlic cloves and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes.
Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add the crushed canned tomatoes with their juices.
Stir in the sugar and basil sprigs, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
Simmer the sauce over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened and is reduced to 3 cups, about 30 minutes.
Taste and season again with salt and pepper.
Remove and discard the basil sprigs and garlic cloves and serve.