Homemade Tomato Sauce

Country music group Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman shares her recipe for homemade sauce for pasta and meatballs.


Cook time: 40 minutes | Yield: 6 cups


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 small Vidalia onion (about 2 cups), finely diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, juices reserved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped


In a Dutch oven heat the oil and cook the onions until soft about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and carrots and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Hand crush the tomatoes and add it to the pot with the juices. Add the basil and bay leaf. Let it come to a boil then lower the heat and let it simmer until it thickens, about 30 minutes.

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