There is nothing special about this sauce its just a few ingredients and a bit of time and then you have a great tasting pasta sauce that goes with anything, from pizza sauce, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmesan, or even on zucchini noodles !
What You Need:
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or more depending how hot you would like it)
1 tsp Fennel Seeds
1-2tbsp sugar (optional)
1 onion chopped
1/4c. Olive oil
8c. Tomato sauce (make sure to use good quality brand it makes a difference)
4-5 fresh basil leaves
1/2c. Red or White wine
Don't worry about chopping everything , I leave the onion chopped into big chunks and leave the garlic whole, because you will blend it at the end!
Began to heat up your oil on medium low heat and add garlic, onion, red pepper and fennel seeds for about 5min. or till onions are translucent. (Be careful not to burn the garlic or it will taste horrible)
Next add your tomato sauce , oregano, fresh basil and a good pinch of salt and pepper and your wine !
Now can also add sugar at this point , I don't because I like mine to taste a bit tart but if you don't add 1-2 tbsp of white sugar (or as needed by taste). Now simmer on low heat for 3-4 hours the longer you leave the sauce to cook the better it taste (that's the big secret) !!! Make sure to check and stir it occasionally, and I like to keep the lid on half way so I don't get splatters of sauce everywhere !
When it is done make sure to taste it and check to see if it needs more seasoning, sometimes I like to add some rosemary, or add in some more fennel or salt , once it has cooled down blend it in a blender or use a hand blender and blend the entire sauce and your done !
Tip: I like to make a big batch of this so that I can have some on hand in the freezer !