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This authentic and homemade Italian Red Sauce is the perfect easy gluten-free tomato sauce recipe for any pasta meal on your menu.
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Simple Italian Red Sauce

This authentic and homemade Italian Red Sauce is the perfect gluten-free tomato sauce recipe for any pasta meal on your menu. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 6 mins
Total Time1 hr 21 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Tomato Red Sauce, Pasta Sauce
Servings: 6 cups
Author: Kyle

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes , *see Gr8 Note
  • 6-8 basil leaves
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, optional

Instructions

  • In a large casserole pot, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, garlic, celery and carrot and saute until all vegetables are soft, about 6 minutes.
  • While the vegetables are cooking, pour the tomatoes into a bowl and crush with your hands. Discard any hard cores or yellow portions.
  • Add the hand crushed tomatoes to the vegetable mixture, then tear the basil leaves into the sauce.
  • Bring to a low boil then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour or until thick.
  • Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper to your taste.
  • If sauce is too acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time, to round out the flavor.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the tomato sauce until smooth.  (To blend the sauce, a food processor or blender can also be used blending only ½ of the sauce at a time.)

Notes

Gr8 Note:

  • Feel free to use cans of crushed tomatoes (easier!), but please know that the consistency of the sauce may be different.

Gr8 Do-Ahead Tips:

  • Sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. It will keep well if refrigerated in a sealed container.
  • If not using all the sauce, allow it to cool completely and then pour 1 to 2 cup portions into plastic freezer bags. Freeze for up to 6 months and have fresh homemade sauce whenever you like!
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