Fresh and delicious.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Have ready a large bowl of iced water. Plunge whole tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel, 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and place in ice bath. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then remove peel and squeeze out seeds. Chop 8 tomatoes and puree in blender or food processor. Chop remaining two tomatoes and set aside.

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  • In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook onion, bell pepper, carrot and garlic in oil and butter until onion starts to soften, 5 minutes. Pour in pureed tomatoes. Stir in chopped tomato, basil, Italian seasoning and wine. Place bay leaf and whole celery stalks in pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 2 hours. Stir in tomato paste and simmer an additional 2 hours. Discard bay leaf and celery and serve.

Nutrition Facts

149 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 15g 5% DV; fat 8.9g 14% DV; cholesterol 10.2mg 3% DV; sodium 104.9mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2003
This was a good recipe, I found it too bland for my taste, so I added at the 2hour cooking point about 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of Oregano and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Also after the first 2 hours of cooking it covered, I let it cook uncovered to reduce it, making it thicker and more flavorful. I will make again with the additions. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2010
Absolutely delicious !!!!!! I used one red bell pepper instead of the green, only one carrot and no sugar at all. I substitute the wine for ½ cup of beef broth. As mentioned by other readers, I added more salt and double the seasonings and also added dried oregano, 1 dried red chille pepper and ½ teaspoon red pepper flacks. Two fantastic hints that helped me a lot: 1) Make an x at the bottom of the tomatoes before put them in the boiling water. It peeled so easily! 2) Blend everything after the first 2 hours. I included the celery to be added to the puree. My hint – Discard the bay leave and red dried chilli before you put it on the blender. I almost forgot! No more grocery tomato sauce for me. This is too good! Read More
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331 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 117
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2003
This was a good recipe, I found it too bland for my taste, so I added at the 2hour cooking point about 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of Oregano and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Also after the first 2 hours of cooking it covered, I let it cook uncovered to reduce it, making it thicker and more flavorful. I will make again with the additions. Read More
(1438)
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2007
This was my very first time making tomato sauce from scratch. We have a bumper crop of Roma tomatoes this year, more than we know what to do with so I decided to try out this recipe and hopefully freeze off the extra sauce for the winter months. It was fantastic! Only I can see why some folks might be having problems with this recipe, the recipe says "10 Tomatoes' but does not specify how large the tomatoes should be. For all practical purposes, it should say "10 large Tomatoes" because the size and the amount of the other ingredients DOES make a difference! Having said that, I quadrupled this recipe (using the portion converter) since I had 40 very medium Roma tomatoes, cut down on the amount of peppers and carrots, I used chopped baby carrots too since that made it much easier to cut into small pieces. I also threw in 2 dried red chillies (you can get them from the Indian grocery) along with the bay leaves and celery stalks while the whole thing simmered, in order to give it a bit of a kick. I also replaced the Italian spices with fresh thyme and oregano like other posters had recommended. It was superb! It freezes well too and can easily be warmed up and be added with either cooked ground veal or pieces of Italian sausage for a non-vegetarian sauce for later on. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2003
This is a great basic recipe! Easy to follow and easy to do as this was my first attempt to make homemade tomato sauce. I did make changes. I carmalized the onions and omitted the carrots and burgundy. Also after the sauce had been cooking for two hours I poured it into the blender to puree it; my kids hate vegetable chunks in their sauce so I did this to disguise the other veggies! Sneaky huh. Also I added salt and used oregano thyme and parsley instead of a general Italian seasoning. Overall this was a great recipe starter for a tasty sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2007
Very good recipe. Always looking for good tomatoe sauce recipes and found one in this one. Everyone enjoyed the spagetti and meatballs. One thing I recommend is to score the bottom of the tomatoes with an X as this makes it easier to peel. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2003
It takes a lot of time but the result is well worth the wait. I made big batches and froze it for future use. Read More
(159)
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2003
A great way to take advantage of the summer harvest! I've made 3 batches of this already and I've got another month of tomaote season left. I made this in the slow cooker and it was wonderful. Instead of Italian Seasoning I used fresh sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary...I just cut large branches of each herb and placed it on top of the crushed tomatoes. Before packaging I removed all the stems. This is definately a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2006
I used Roma tomatoes so it was nice and thick without having to leave it uncovered the last 2 hours of cooking. However I did add 3/4tsp fresh thyme 3/4tsp fresh oregano 1tsp Lawry's seasoned salt and 1/2tsp fresh ground pepper. I pureed everything as other readers did. I used this sauce to make lasagna and with what was left I served as a side dish with Italian sausage. This is a good sauce to make if you are serving to people who do not like spicy hot. For just my husband and I I would also include a tsp of red pepper flakes. Thanks for a good basic recipe using fresh tomatoes! Read More
(107)
Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2007
This was very tasty except....don't forget to add salt (I used about 1 1/2 tsp.) and some sugar if it's too tangy (I used about 1 tsp)I also used the tomato paste to thicken it up a bit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2007
After going to a local event called the Tomato Festival, I was able to get 20 tomatoes for only $4.00. I always wanted to make tomato sauce from scratch. I doubled the recipe. I fried pepperoni in the beginning and used the grease to cook the onion and pepper. I managed to get away with not using any tomato paste after simmering it for over 8 hours to reduce it. I added a 1/2 cup of Romono cheese, and cooked the sauce with whole carrots and later removed them. I pureed the sauce then added 3 drops of red food coloring to bring back the bright red color. Excellent recipe with a great taste! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2010
Absolutely delicious !!!!!! I used one red bell pepper instead of the green, only one carrot and no sugar at all. I substitute the wine for ½ cup of beef broth. As mentioned by other readers, I added more salt and double the seasonings and also added dried oregano, 1 dried red chille pepper and ½ teaspoon red pepper flacks. Two fantastic hints that helped me a lot: 1) Make an x at the bottom of the tomatoes before put them in the boiling water. It peeled so easily! 2) Blend everything after the first 2 hours. I included the celery to be added to the puree. My hint – Discard the bay leave and red dried chilli before you put it on the blender. I almost forgot! No more grocery tomato sauce for me. This is too good! Read More
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