Basic Tomato Sauce
Condiments + Spice Blends
Courtesy of Chef Will Packwood
good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
medium yellow onion, peeled and finely minced
carrots, peeled and finely diced
cloves garlic, peeled and minced
Fresno or other small chili, seeded and finely diced
28-oz. cans of tomatoes
fresh basil leaves
sprigs fresh oregano, leaves only
anchovy fillets, mashed to a paste
Salt and pepper to taste
Basic Tomato Sauce Directions
Place a large pot over medium-high heat and add the oil, onion and carrot. Season with a small amount of salt and pepper and allow the mixture to sweat until translucent.
Add the garlic and chili and season with a small amount of salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes.
Using your hands, crush the tomatoes and add them to the pot. Add the herbs and anchovies and stir to combine.
Adjust the heat to a very low simmer and allow the tomato sauce to simmer for 1½ to 2 hours.
Adjust the seasoning to taste and serve as desired. Store any unused sauce in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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