Homemade Multipurpose Italian-style Tomato Sauce

I took my very first bite of pasta (with tomato sauce) after moving to the U.S. eons ago. My first impression of Italian food..Umm.. was not that great. Maybe, I needed to try  multiple times to get favorably initiated to the cuisine.  However, not long after, my impression changed on my very first trip to Rome. We ate the best-tasting pasta (with tomato sauce) in a very unassuming cafe--a flavor I can still feel on the tip of my tongue. Even with my then unskilled palate I knew that the difference was in the tomatoes, spices, and herbs. This flavor-dense...

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