Homemade Marinara Sauce

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 peeled and halved garlic cloves
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 - 35-ounce can whole peeled Italian tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Pinch of sugar
2 basil sprigs

In a large saucepan, heat the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the garlic cloves and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and crush them with the back of a spoon; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the sugar and basil sprigs and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened and reduced to 3 cups, about 30 minutes. Discard the basil sprigs and garlic.


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