This versatile sauce is perfectly suited to top your favorite pasta, but don't stop there. Use it to flavor fish or chicken for a quick entrée. It's an ideal sauce for spaghetti and meatballs, too. Or simply simmer some turkey Italian sausage in the sauce and serve the sausage hoagie-style. The sauce freezes well and can be ready in minutes with a quick thaw in the microwave. Microwave at MEDIUM-LOW (30% power) for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
1. Place 1 can tomatoes with juice in a food processor, and process until smooth. Chop remaining can of tomatoes with juice.
2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add puréed tomatoes, chopped tomatoes with juice, salt, and next 7 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat; discard basil and oregano sprigs and bay leaf. Stir in chopped basil and chopped oregano.