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Basic Tomato Sauce


Recipe by Chef Mario Batali, The Babbo Cookbook


¼ cup ENZO Medium extra-virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1 tablespoon dried
½ medium carrot, finely shredded
2 28-ounce cans peeled whole tomatoes
Kosher salt, to taste


1. In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Add the thyme and carrot and cook for 5 minutes more, or until the carrot is quite soft.

3. With your hands, crush the tomatoes and add them with their juices. Bring to a boil, stir often, and then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the sauce is as thick as hot cereal.

4. Season with salt and serve. This sauce holds for 1 week in the refrigerator or for up to 6 months in the freezer.