This is a basic Italian sauce that can be used in any dish, including lasagne, cannelloni, ravioli, etc. It's very easy and tastes so good! Also, it smells like heaven!



Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Puree tomatoes in blender or food processor until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan with the red wine vinegar, sugar, paprika, salt, garlic, crushed red pepper, cinnamon stick and cloves. Simmer over medium-low heat, covered, until thickened and flavors have blended, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves before serving.


Nutrition Facts

96.9 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 18.6g 6% DV; fat 2.4g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 458.4mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
This was way too sweet and the vinegar was too much. I added tomato paste basil oregano and beef broth to try to thicken the sauce and cut the vinegar and sugar. I will not make this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Really good flavor but I found it too sweet. I would cut the sugar in half next time. Also the sauce is a bit too watery for lasagne so I added some tomato paste to thicken it up. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Won't make THIS again....wasted a lot of good tomatoes on this one! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
it was a little sweet as is so i made the following changes: i cut the sugar in half and added 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon instead of placing a stick in the sauce... i also omitted the cloves but added 1/8 tsp ground peppercorns. i also added sliced ring bolgna and stewed it with the sauce. it absorbed the flavor nicely. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
me and wifes new boyfriend make this all the time he loves it, Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I think half the sugar is more than enough. Eleven tomatoes gave me almost 5 pounds of tomatoes. They were sweet enough naturally so I put in 2 Tbsp of sugar and that was fine to compensate for acidity. Pretty good otherwise. Thank you for your recipe. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
The sauce was tasteless and unless you and your family love spicy I do not recommend putting that much crushed pepper in. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A little on the sweet side I will definetely cut the sugar maybe even just add a pinch the next time i make this. Read More