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Tomato Sauce from Scratch


3 large tomatoes, peeled and diced
2 shallots (or 1 small onion), diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2lb bacon or lardons, sauteed
1/4 cup dry wine of choice
1/2 cup grated parmesan (also if you have a parmesan rind, use a chunk of that too)
2 TBSP mixed dried herbs - oregano, rosemary, basil, taragon, parsley (or 1 cup fresh herbs, chopped)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp chili powder
dash red pepper flakes
salt & pepper


1. In a pot over medium heat, sautee shallots and garlic in bacon grease until garlic is light brown.
2. Add tomatoes, wine, and parmesan rind (if using), bring to a simmer.
3. Add herbs and seasonings. Simmer 30 minutes uncovered, stirring regularly.
4. Add grated parmesan and lardons/crumbled bacon. Simmer 30-45 minutes uncovered, stirring regularly, until sauce is thick/reduced.
5. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
6. Remove bay leaf and parmesan rind.
7. Serve over fresh pasta with additional fresh grated parmesan on top.