For gift giving, pour the sauce into hot, sterilized preserving jars that lend a made-with-love look and show off the sauce.
- Portion size 1 serving
In heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, Italian herb seasoning and hot pepper flakes, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and bay leaf; bring to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until no longer watery around edge of spoon drawn through sauce, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in cheese. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)