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Ingredients:


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10 pounds Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
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4-6 Tbs.extra-virgin olive oil (We recommend Manfredi Barbera & Figli S.p.A )
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1 large yellow onion (about 1 cup)
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5 cloves garlic
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3/4 to 1 cup chopped celery
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3/4 to 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
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1/2 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
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1 Tbs. kosher salt, or to taste
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1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
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1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
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1 bay leaf
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1/2 tsp. dried thyme
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1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
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1 1/2 Tbs. light brown sugar, or to taste
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1/2 to 3/4 cup red wine
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1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
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1/2 cup chopped basil leaves


Directions:


* In a large pot on medium heat, cook the peeled and seeded tomato pulp, stirring frequently, until it reaches a thick, pureed consistency, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. (If put through a tomato squeezer, as mentioned in the story, the tomatoes will take 2 hours to reach the desired consistency, as they retain more water than when processed by hand.)
* Meanwhile, in a large pot on medium-high heat, heat the olive oil.
* Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until it is golden.
* Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, being careful not to burn it.
* Add the celery, carrots and bell pepper and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
* Pour the tomato puree into the pot with vegetables.
* Add the salt to taste, pepper, Italian seasoning, oregano, bay leaf, thyme and the crushed red pepper flakes, if desired. Adjust the heat to medium-low or keep at a slow simmer and cook for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
* Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary; add the light brown sugar in teaspoon increments, stirring and tasting after 10 minutes each time so that the flavors can meld.
* Cook the sauce uncovered for 2 to 3 hours at a slow simmer, tasting and stirring every 30 minutes.
* Adjust seasonings as necessary.
* About 30 minutes before serving or preparing to can this sauce, add the red wine, parsley and basil, being careful not to overcook the last 3 ingredients as they may turn bitter.
* At this point, the sauce is ready to serve or store as needed.

CHEF'S NOTE: To peel and seed tomatoes, score the bottom of each one with an X and remove the stem, cutting only the skin and not into the meat of the tomato. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and have ready a bowl of ice water. When the water boils, add the tomatoes and remove after 15 seconds with a skimmer or slotted spoon. Immediately plunge into the ice water to stop the cooking. When cool, drain on a perforated rack or in a colander. Peel away the skin from each tomato and discard. Cut the tomatoes into halves. Remove the seeds.
YIELD: 20 cups
Time: 3-6 hours



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