Start by plunging your tomatoes into boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. This will loosen their skins, so they're much easier to remove later. Then, rinse the tomatoes in cool water to stop the cooking process, and set them aside to cool and drain.
Once the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, remove their skins, and cut out the spot where the stems used to attach to the tomatoes (this is referred to as coring the tomatoes). Then, slice the tomatoes in half, and scoop out the seeds. Don't worry if you miss some. A few left behind won't hurt.
Add about a 1/4 cup of olive oil to a large pot. Then, saute the onions and garlic until they're soft (a few minutes should do it).
If you'd like to add carrots or peppers to your sauce, saute them along with the onions and garlic.
Add the tomatoes and all of the remaining ingredients to your onion-garlic mixture, and bring the pot to a boil. Then, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered until the sauce reaches your desired thickness. Stir frequently to keep the sauce from burning. This will take at least 2 to 3 hours but could take longer if there's a lot of water in your tomatoes (non-paste tomatoes tend to have more water content, but so do tomatoes grown during rainy years).
Pour your finished sauce into jars. Use freezer jars if you want to freeze your sauce or canning jars if you'd like to can your sauce for shelf-stable storage.
Want homemade tomato sauce without all the work? Make crock pot tomato sauce. It requires no peeling, seeding, or coring. Just stir it every so often, and you'll have a batch of sauce by the end of the day.
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