Italian pasta sauce

I can’t post a meatball recipe without posting a homemade sauce recipe! My grandmother called this version her “basic pasta sauce” Whether you call it “sauce or gravy”, this was our go to recipe for basic home-made marinara sauce. We have other versions as well that I will print at a later date..ground beef pasta sauce, Pasta sauce with Italian sausage, and our special holiday sauce with everything in it but the kitchen sink! This simple sauce can be prepared in under an hour and is tasty, fresh and delicious! I use fresh basil in my recipe but you could use dried as well, and add more or less spices to taste depending on your liking!

4 tablespoons olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 28-oz. cans ready-cut peeled tomatoes or
  5 pounds fresh tomatoes, peeled and sliced
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper

10 to 12 fresh basil leaves chopped

1 tbsp to 2 tbsp of sugar to taste
grated cheese

Saute garlic in oil until transluscent.Add the cans of tomatoes and tomato paste, and

simmer for 5 min on med.

Add salt, pepper,sugar, and basil and simmer on low for 45 min or until done.

Check for taste and add more seasoning if needed.

** I tend to like my sauce on the sweeter side, thus the sugar. you can play around with

what suits your taste by adding a little at time.

** you may also add oregano and chopped onions if you like!

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