Although there are supermarket aisles filled with hundreds of different jars of tomato sauce, every now and then, it's rewarding to make your own. The thick sauce simmering on the stove warms the kitchen and fills the house with a delectable aroma.

This wonderful recipe makes a huge batch of sauce, so you can use some now and freeze the rest for later. The base of the sauce is a classic mirepoix, plus garlic and tons of fresh herbs. The resulting sauce is rich, slightly sweet, and one of the best tomato sauces I've ever tasted.

It's delicious simply tossed with spaghetti, but it's also great in dishes like lasagna, pizza, and eggs in purgatory. To check out the recipe, which comes from chef Marco Canora's cookbook, keep reading. Salt to Taste


  1. 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, peeled and minced
  3. 1 small carrot, peeled and minced
  4. 1 celery stalk, minced
  5. 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  6. 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  7. 1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  9. 4 (28-ounce) cans tomato puree
  10. Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottom pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, parsley, basil, and thyme and fry the soffritto (it should sizzle), stirring occasionally at first, but more frequently as the mixture begins to reduce in volume. When the soffritto is beginning to stick and color, about 10 minutes, add the tomato puree.
  2. Season the sauce with a little salt and pepper, stir, and bring to a simmer.
  3. Lower the heat and gently simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, until the oil floats on the surface, at least 1 hour (the longer and slower you cook the sauce, the richer its flavor will be).
  4. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper and use immediately or cool the sauce and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze.

Makes about 2 1/2 quarts.

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