Rating: 4.56 stars
112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 38
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Try the real thing. Delicious tomato, onion and garlic sauce with herbs.

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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 saucepan over medium-high heat, saute onions in the oil until golden brown. Add crushed tomatoes, water, tomato paste, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Let the sauce come to a boil, lower heat to low and stir occasionally until desired thickness. Sauce is ready when oil rises to the top. Skim off oil.

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Nutrition Facts

158 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 17.8g; fat 9.6g; sodium 844mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (87)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2006
Very close to authentic Italian sauce, but you need to add lots of fresh basil and use ONLY olive oil. A tiny bit of sugar is needed to cut down the acidity. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/22/2007
I may just be spoiled by dining out and/or commercial sauces but this recipe didn't do much for me. I used virgin olive oil Tspn sugar fresh crushed roma tomatos fresh basil leaves(cut up) 1.75 water white onion fresh ground pepper & salt substitute. Even adding parm cheese & italian seasoning only improved it some. But as others have said its EASY to make. Read More
(23)
112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 38
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2006
Very close to authentic Italian sauce, but you need to add lots of fresh basil and use ONLY olive oil. A tiny bit of sugar is needed to cut down the acidity. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2007
I make this sauce quite similar. The difference in mine is I use extra virgin olive oil,I'm guessing about 1/2 tablespoon of oregano, and I use a bay leaf instead of basil leaves. I also cut 2 carrots cut in half and just throw them in the sauce. That cuts down on the acidity without having to add sugar and then you can easily remove them. Sometimes we throw in a hot red pepper to give it some heat. This sauce is the traditional sauce my mom and sisters have cooked for years that we've all carried on from my Nonna and we're all Italian. Thanks for this one. Read More
(321)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2008
I used extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I also saute minced garlic celery onion and carrots in oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. I alway add a bay leaf while simmering (don't forget to remove before serving)! I use this sauce at least once a week. Somtimes I double the recipe and freeze what is left for the next dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2007
Wonderful recipe to make and then freeze for use in the winter. I make several batches and after thawed and heating add cooked sausage mushrooms etc. Vegetable stands will usually sell you their seconds(some bruises on them) at a cheap price and work perfectly for the sauce. I also add salt and pepper oregano and thyme after the first two hours. Also a tsp of sugar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2003
Easy to make and a nice basic tomato sauce. The flavor was really nice although I used dried basil and did add about 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese. Also used extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil...better flavor. The only thing I would change next time is to add a little less water because I prefer a slightly thicker sauce. All in all really good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2008
This is the best tomato sauce I have ever tasted! It is very rich and tasty. For a more authentic taste I added 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and used olive oil as well. It was lovely. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/21/2007
I may just be spoiled by dining out and/or commercial sauces but this recipe didn't do much for me. I used virgin olive oil Tspn sugar fresh crushed roma tomatos fresh basil leaves(cut up) 1.75 water white onion fresh ground pepper & salt substitute. Even adding parm cheese & italian seasoning only improved it some. But as others have said its EASY to make. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This was a simple and easy recipe to use i added some crushed red peppers to add a little bite to it. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
09/13/2007
I enjoyed this but my boyfriend found it to be a bit bitter so I added some sugar. Read More
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