Tomato Sauce Sauces & Gravies

3 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 finely chopped carrot
2 cloves garlic,minced
1 lb. can tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 cup water or consomme
1 scant tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. dried red pepper
2 to 3 fresh basil leaves

Heat olive oil; add the onion and saute until golden; add the celery, garlic and carrots. Simmer 2 minutesAdd the tomatoes, tomato paste, water or consomme and seasonings. Cover and simmer gently for 1 hour. Check for seasonongs. Puree in a food processor or food mill. Cool and refrigerate until ready to use.

NOTE: You may add fried sliced mushrooms, if you like.