Time for marinara.
This recipe is simple, and can be adapted using whatever tomato variety is most abundant, or a combination of many. If tomatoes are not in your garden, they can be found in thrift at farmer's markets this time of the year.
This preparation freezes beautifully as well. One little, or should I say, one large tidbit: A jar of store bought Gardenstyle Ragu pasta sauce contains about as much sugar as a jar of Smucker's hot fudge sauce.
This recipe requires no added sweetener. The sweetness of tomatoes ripened by the sun is just right.
Garden Marinara: (amounts are easily adaptable)
*1/3 cup high quality olive oil
*2 medium onions, chopped
*2 carrots, diced
*2 celery stalks, diced
*3 cloves garlic, minced
*2-3 bay leaves
*5-7 cups chopped tomatoes
*sea salt and pepper to taste
Place the olive oil in a heavy pot over medium/low heat. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Saute until onions are translucent and aromatic, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add garlic. Saute. Season with salt and pepper before adding the chopped tomatoes and bay leaves. Reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered until tomatoes are cooked down, about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from heat and discard bay leaves.
Cool completely before ladling into freezer bags and freezing, or storing in a glass container fitted with a lid and placed in refrigerator.
Variations: You can easily add fresh chopped herbs, such as basil and parsley immediately after sauce is removed from heat.