Luscious Tomato-Garlic Sauce
Yield: About 2 cups
- 6 to 8 medium ripe, flavorful tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 12 cloves garlic, sliced
- 6 bay leaves
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
To peel tomatoes, first drop them into a large pot of boiling water for about 3 seconds, then remove them from the water with a slotted spoon. When they are cool enough to handle, remove the skin. Chop and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large, heavy saucepan. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and bay leaves, and sauté 5 minutes longer.
Add the tomatoes to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and gently simmer about 1 hour, or until reduced by about half. Add the basil and salt, and simmer 2 minutes longer. Serve over pasta or polenta, or as a pizza sauce.