Rating: 4.4 stars
258 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 153
  • 4 star values: 70
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 3

This is my Sicilian great-grandmother's recipe. I've never tasted better. Serve with meatballs and Italian sausage; it's also terrific as a marinara sauce.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet combine the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic, sugar, vinegar, oregano and red pepper flakes. Stir all together and simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes (for the best flavor). Stir frequently to prevent burning.

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Nutrition Facts

97 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 22.3g; fat 0.7g; sodium 787.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (200)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2006
I made this last night. I came home tired and cranky and figured I'd just cook some noodles and open a jar of sauce. I had my ground beef cooking away when I discovered that I was out of jarred sauce. So, I tried this recipe and it was fantastic. I didn't have any red wine vinegar, but red wine worked great. I also added about a cup of grated parmesan to thicken it a bit (I like my sauce to be very thick) and give it some extra flavor. This was so much better than the junk in the jar that I'll definitely stop gettting the stuff in the jar and making this instead. Read More
(154)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/29/2002
I have to say this is definately NOT the best sauce I've ever had. My husband didn't like it either. Very disappointed of the outcome. Read More
(8)
258 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 153
  • 4 star values: 70
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2006
I made this last night. I came home tired and cranky and figured I'd just cook some noodles and open a jar of sauce. I had my ground beef cooking away when I discovered that I was out of jarred sauce. So, I tried this recipe and it was fantastic. I didn't have any red wine vinegar, but red wine worked great. I also added about a cup of grated parmesan to thicken it a bit (I like my sauce to be very thick) and give it some extra flavor. This was so much better than the junk in the jar that I'll definitely stop gettting the stuff in the jar and making this instead. Read More
(154)
Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2004
After reading the other reviews, I made the following changes: 1 TBS of vinegar instead of 2, plus I sauteed an onion with the garlic first, plus I added 2 tsp of basil. And it was GREAT! Today I made it for the second time, this time in the crockpot. I put three (frozen) boneless skinless chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot, then added all the rest of the ingredients (with the changes I mentioned above). I cooked it on LOW for 6 hours -- and when it was almost done, I opened the lid, and shredded the chicken with two forks. It was sooo good! My family (small kids, and husband) ate it over spaghetti, and I'll admit I ate it plain! Read More
(127)
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2009
This is a very rich and thick sauce. So good and so easy to make. I sauteed a chopped onion in some olive oil and garlic first. Then I added the crushed tomatoes, one 8 oz. can of tomato sauce and two 6 oz. cans of tomato paste. I also added 1/2 tsp. of salt, 2 Tbsp. of sugar, 1/2 c. of dry red wine vs. vinegar, 1 Tbsp. each of oregano and basil vs. 1 tsp., 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper, and 2 bay leaves. I let that simmer for 2 hours on low then removed the bay leaves and added 1/4 c. of shredded parmesan cheese, let that melt and then added some meatballs to let them heat through. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2011
This sauce is perfect the way it is! Why do people insist on changing everything? Not only that, then they rate it. Hello- you're rating your own recipe because you've changed the ingredients! Rate the recipe as written. If you make changes submit it as a different recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2006
This sauce is delicious. I made it because it seemed so easy, but the taste was wonderful. Better than I ever thought. Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2011
This was rich and thick and turned out fabulous! I'd never have believed it just by reading the ingredients. This is very tomatoey tasting a rich cooked flavor. Not spicy but wow very flavorful! We all agreed this was a keeper. I loved the "not chunky" part. I cooked this about 3 hours and then simmered some meatballs in this the last hour and it was definitely 5 star worthy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2003
just made this recipe and found it to be very tasty with the following little changes. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar instead of 2 sauted onion and garlic then added losts more dried minced garlic as it was cooking along with some Italian seasoning (just for my taste). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2006
nice basic sauce. Sauteed some sweet/hot sausage onion fresh squash/zuccini and extra garlic on side and threw in with sauce. Also added more spices as it cooked. Plus kicked in more red pepper and a tad more sugar. I let it simmer for about 2-1/2 hours. I also threw in some fresh parm. cheese towards the end. Would definitely use the basic sauce again can modify to your taste and is simple to cook. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2003
good basic marinara quick low in calories fat-free. I substituted canned diced tomatoes in their juice for the tomato sauce and 1/2 cup red wine for the vinegar. Simmer for at least half an hour to blend flavors. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/29/2002
I have to say this is definately NOT the best sauce I've ever had. My husband didn't like it either. Very disappointed of the outcome. Read More
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