Family Heirloom Tomato Sauce
Grandma's tomato sauce uses caramelized onions and bay leaves to make a vibrant sweet sauce. The onions are delicious in the sauce but can be removed before serving for the picky eater, I prefer leaving them in!
Servings 4 people
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 28 oz Hunt’s whole tomatoes San Marzano Tomatoes with the D.O.P label are fantastic too.
- 1-2 medium onion
- 3 bay leaves
Pour olive oil into a cast-iron skillet or regular skillet on medium-low heat. (This would be a 3 or 4 on my electric stovetop)
Slice onions to create onion rings.
Once the oil is heated, add onions to the pan. Sauté the onions and flip after about 4 minutes and sauté the other side to caramelize.
Add the whole tomatoes. I sometimes use crushed or diced tomatoes, but the original recipe passed down was always whole tomatoes.
Add bay leaves. The bay leaves help to sweeten the sauce and make all the difference in this recipe.
Use a fork to squish down the tomatoes every so often and stir on a lowish heat.
Simmer for about 40-45 minutes uncovered.
Remove the bay leaves from the sauce before serving