The Meatball Shop - Classic Tomato Sauce
“The key to this sauce is quality ingredients, especially in your tomato choice. We prefer to use Pomi brand chopped tomatoes (the ones that come in the box) which are a bit more expensive, but well worth the extra cost.” – Executive Chef/Co-Owner Daniel Holzman
(Makes 7 cups)
¼ cup olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or ½ teaspoon dried
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons salt or to taste
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Two 26-ounce boxes Pomi chopped tomatoes or two 28-ounce cans whole plum tomatoes, chopped with their liquid
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, bay leaf, oregano, garlic, and salt and cook, stirring oft en, until the onions are so and translucent, about 10 minutes.
2. Add the tomato paste and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir constantly until the sauce begins to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent the sauce on the bo ttom of the pot from burning. Taste and season with additional salt, if desired. Remove the bay leaf before serving.