Ingredients: 6 cloves of garlic, minced (about 2 Tbsp),2 tablespoons dried herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, 1/2 cup red wine,salt and pepper to taste,12 cups peeled and seeded fresh ripe tomatoes**,2 large yellow onions, peeled and diced
- In a large soup pot, heat up the olive oil.
- Add the onions and cook slowly, on medium heat until they start to caramelize. They should be evenly brown and soft. Cooking them this way brings out the natural sweetness in the onions.
- Add the garlic and dried herbs and cook for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the 1/2 cup of red wine and cook for 2 minutes more.
- Add the tomatoes and their juice and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook on low, stirring occasionally for about 2 hours.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.Dried herbs hold their flavor much longer than fresh herbs so when slow cooking. If you want to use fresh herbs, add them at then end of the cooking process, just before serving.If you dont have fresh tomatoes, you can use 2 (28 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes, 1 (28 oz) can of whole tomatoes and 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste. When I use canned tomatoes, I always add a couple tablespoons of sugar to counteract the acidity of the canned tomatoes. I find I dont have to add any sugar with the ripe tomatoes from my garden.