3-1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, seeded 1/2 pound onion, chopped 1/2 pound carrots, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped 4 garlic cloves, peeled 2 whole cloves Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place chopped tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, and herbs in a large saucepan. Add the whole garlic cloves and whole cloves to the pan. Heat gently over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. When the sauce is cooked, purée it in a food processor. Adjust seasonings to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.