Mom’s Tomato Sauce

Yields 4 to 5 cups

Ingredients:
  • 12 plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion minced
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Directions:
  1. Peel, core, and dice the tomatoes. To peel tomatoes, immerse them in boiling water for 20 to 30 seconds and then dip them in cool water. The peels will slip off. 
  2. n a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic and onion until tender, 4 to 5 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, water, basil leaves, parsley, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, simmering uncovered for 45 minutes and stirring occasionally to make sure the tomatoes are well mixed. If you prefer a smooth sauce, allow the sauce to cool and then blend in a food processor. 
  3. Refrigerate the leftover sauce for up to 5 days or freeze until needed.
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