Sicilian Sauce

Course : Italian
Serves: 4
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3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 medium onion -- finely chopped
1 can crushed tomatoes -- (28oz) with added puree
2 teaspoons dried basil -- crumbled
1 teaspoon dried oregano -- crumbled
1 teaspoon salt and fresh ground pepper
3 cloves garlic -- minced

Preparation / Directions:

Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, basil and oregano. Cook until onion softens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Mix in garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Simmer until sauce is of desired thickness. Season with salt and pepper. (Sauce can be prepared ahead. Cover and refrigerate 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.)

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