If you love tomatoes, this is your sauce.
Simple but rich in the same time, this sauce will bring the summer in your plate.
The smell of basil, the garlic and the slow cooking it all calls for holiday time.
We love making this sauce also because it reminds us of our aunties and grannies that in the past, when we had only seasonal fruit and vegetables, used to do plenty of this tomato sauce for the winter months . It was always a chance to spend time together, around a giant rectangular table with everyone in the family involved. All the tomato sauce was then placed in brown glass bottle and put in a storage.
This is of course a modern version, done with tin tomatoes but we it brings back this memoy so strong that we wanted to share with you.
700 ml of tomato passata
1/2 onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves
15 gr of parsley finely chopped
1/2 stick of celery
extra virgin olive oil
10 basil leaves
Heat 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan and add the garlic, the onion, the celery, the parsley all finely cut.
Medium heat for 7 mins, stir it, until softened and starting to colour and smells really good. Add the basil and stir fry for other two minutes. Add the tomato sauce and adjust with salt. Add the teaspoon of sugar. Let slow cook at a low heat for 45 minutes and cover with a pot lid after it started bubbling.