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Patricia Wells Tomato Sauce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 3 cups


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • sea salt to taste
  • 28 ounces tomato peeled Italian plum or crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • celery leaves


  • Tie the fresh parsley, bay leaves and celery leaves in a bundle with cotton twine.
  • Chef Wells starts in an unheated saucepan and adds the oil, onion, garlic and salt and stirs to coat with oil. Over moderate heat, she cooks these ingredients until the garlic turns golden but does not brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • If using whole canned tomatoes, first puree them using a food mill. If you don’t have a food mill, I guess you could try using a blender or food processor.  Same would be true if you are using fresh tomatoes.  If using the crushed tomatoes, they can be added directly from the can.
  • Add the bundle of herbs, stir and simmer uncovered until the sauce begins to thicken, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the herb bundle, taste and adjust seasoning with salt.


If using fresh tomatoes, 8 – 12 fresh plum tomatoes, skins removed, cored and crushed by hand.)