Saute' garlic and onion in oil; add celery, green pepper, tomatoes, sugar, salt and water. Tie bay leaf, peppercorns and cloves in cheesecloth bag; then add. Cook slowly, uncovered, 20 minutes. Remove spice bag. Press mixture through a coarse sieve and stir in tomato paste and heat.
Note: Instead of a sieve, you can also use a blender to give the sauce a very smooth consistency. Also, if you use a blender, the bay leaf, peppercorns and cloves may be left in for a spicier sauce.
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