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Marinara Sauce

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves -- baked and pureed
2 cans Italian peeled tomatoes (303 size)
1 can tomato paste -- (6 oz size)
1 small onion -- finely chopped
6 anchovy fillets
2 teaspoons sweet basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 lemon peel strip
2 teaspoons black pepper

To bake garlic, first, cut the tops off the garlic heads and place them into a shallow baking pan with the cut sides up. (I normally bake several heads at once, they don't last long around here!) Then pour olive oil over the garlic, cover the pan with aluminum foil, and bake at 400F for 1 hour.

When the heads are cooked (they will become soft and mellow), set them aside and let them cool to room temperature. Puree 6 cloves of garlic and the anchovies together. In a 5-quart Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and gently blend in the pureed garlic until smooth. Then add both the peeled tomatoes and the tomato paste, along with the onions, and cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to reduce and thicken.

Now, add the sweet basil, oregano, and lemon peel and stir everything together well. Then cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 45 minutes. At this point, add the black pepper and season the sauce with salt to taste (it may not need any, depending upon the saltiness of the anchovies). Then cover and simmer for another 15 minutes.