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Marinara Sauce

I have several recipes for pasta sauce, I guess it just depends on how I feel at the time and what I have in my pantry. (this one is definitely a favorite)


·        1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
·        2 small onions, finely chopped
·        2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
·        2 stalks celery, finely chopped
·        2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
·        1/2 teaspoon sea salt
·        1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
·        2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
·        2 dried bay leaves


In a large casserole pot, heat the oil over a medium-high flame.
Add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
Add the celery, carrots, and 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and pepper.
Sauté until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and bay leaves, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 1 hour.
Remove and discard the bay leaf.
Season the sauce with more salt and pepper, to taste.
The sauce can be made 1 day ahead.
Cool, then cover and refrigerate.

Warm over medium heat before using.


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