Fusilli with Homemade Marinara Sauce
In a large pot, add the crushed tomatoes, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 1 hour. Remove and discard the bay leaves, onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Turn off the heat and add the butter and fresh basil leaves.
If you like a more fine texture, using a blender, puree in batches to desired consistency. The sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Re- warm over medium heat before using.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and place in a large serving bowl. Toss with the Parmesan cheese. Toss with marinara sauce and serve.