BASIC TOMATO SAUCE
The sauce is vegan. The recipe gives instructions for those who want to add meatballs. The inspiration for publishing this recipe is that almost everything contains some ingredient you may not want in your diet. This basic recipe allows you to eat simply.
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 28-oz. cans whole tomatoes
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves
Salt to taste
In a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan, stir together the oil, onion and garlic. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until the onion is very soft and aromatic, about 6 to 8 minutes.
In a food processor or blender, puree the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste to the onions and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to very low and let the sauce simmer slowly for 30 minutes, stirring the bottom often to prevent burning.
If you are adding meatballs, do so at this time, and simmer them in the sauce for 20 minutes, stirring often. If you are not adding meatballs, simmer the sauce for another 20 minutes (50 minutes total) . Season to taste with salt. Remove bay leaves before serving.
Nutrition (per serving) : 141.0 calories; 12% calories from fat; 2.0g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 80.0mg sodium; 28.0g carbohydrates; 5.0g protein.