I picked up this recipe when I lived in Italy; everyone loves it. Thought it was time to share! The Merlot and chicken granules are very important ingredients that set this recipes aside from other sauces.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
9 cups
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic in hot oil until the onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Sit tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, wine, tomato paste, chicken bouillon granules, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper with the onion mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer, stirring frequently, for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

64 calories; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 10.1g 3% DV; fat 1.2g 2% DV; cholesterol 0.1mg; sodium 788.1mg 32% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2013
I doubled this recipe - it is really good and even better the next day. The chicken granules made this a bit too salty, next time I would cut that back, maybe in half. I would also suggest adding a bit of sugar or a grated carrot to the onion garlic mixture. Overall, this is a good recipe. Thanks Celeste. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2013
I doubled this recipe - it is really good and even better the next day. The chicken granules made this a bit too salty, next time I would cut that back, maybe in half. I would also suggest adding a bit of sugar or a grated carrot to the onion garlic mixture. Overall, this is a good recipe. Thanks Celeste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2014
I made this for the first time tonight and the flavor was excellent! It was a little salty from the bouillon but otherwise wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2015
I made this but used chicken stock base testing it carefully not having over salt. The sauce turned out great! I am going to make a hug batch and can it. That saves me time and can go with many dishes. Thank you so much for this recipes its great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2015
I made this recipe & it was delicious. Also wanted to let others know since they said it was too salty to use Herb Ox (Sodium Free) granulated chicken bouillon.That will solve the too salty taste. Bon appetit!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/03/2014
I have made it a couple times now. The bouillon cubes do make it a little salty. I'm also after browning the meat going to get rid of the excess oil then add the wine to let that cool down. That's why the sugar was needed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2017
Excellent flavors! Forgot merlot and ended up with a dry red from the back of the cupboard; had to add 2 Tbsp sugar to finish counteracting tomato tang/acidity . Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2019
Super easy and very delicious!!! Sadly, I didn't have the merlot so I wound up adding in two tbs sugar. Definitely will have the merlot next time but the sugar did the trick if you are without merlot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2015
Perfect. I prepared this exactly as written. I was always searching for a particular flavor when making pasta sauce and they all ended up tasting similar to the same old acidic taste. This hit the spot and was exactly the flavor I've been searching for. The Merlot wine really adds depth to tame the bitter tomato flavor! Will be adding this to my routine recipe list! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2019
Followed the recipe except for I added 1Tbls white sugar & used a Cabernet Sauvignon instead of merlot. The saying goes "cook with the wine you would drink". I must say, this is the best sauce I've ever made/tasted. I can't wait to find out how good it is on day 2! Read More
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