Chef John's Tomato Sauce

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This is one of my most requested food wishes, my all-purpose basic tomato sauce. Whenever I make a meat sauce, this is my base. You can only stir this with a wooden spoon, otherwise it's bad luck.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 onion, finely diced

  • 1 rib celery, finely diced

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste

  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian herbs

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

  • water, or as needed

Directions

  1. Place olive oil, onion, celery, and a pinch of salt into a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Cook until onions are very soft, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix garlic into onion mixture and cook just until fragrant, about 1 more minute.

  2. Pour tomatoes and their juice into a large mixing bowl and use your hands to crush the tomatoes until they look pureed.

  3. Mix sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, anchovy paste, white wine vinegar, Italian herbs, and red pepper flakes into vegetable mixture. Raise heat to medium and cook just until liquid has evaporated. Stir in tomato paste and bring to a simmer. Pour in San Marzano tomatoes and parsley. Bring sauce to a simmer, turn heat to low, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, adding a little water as the sauce cooks down. Stir occasionally.

    close up view of Tomato Sauce in a blue pot
    SharonH

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

116 Calories
7g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 674mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 23mg 115%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 467mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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