You will love my Italian-style sauce. You can add meatballs to this sauce; it comes out really good.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
2 hrs 10 mins
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 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-high heat. Saute onion and garlic in hot oil until onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add water, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, baking soda, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Stir mixture, bring to a simmer, and cook until the sauce is thickened, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

149 calories; protein 3.1g 6% DV; carbohydrates 13.9g 5% DV; fat 9.2g 14% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 643.9mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2017
Thank you! This simple, yet amazing, recipe made me a bona fide kitchen stud to my wife ... I now make it regularly and it's perfect everytime. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2018
I personally didn t care for the sauce too sweet. Was super easy to make though! Read More
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  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2017
Thank you! This simple, yet amazing, recipe made me a bona fide kitchen stud to my wife ... I now make it regularly and it's perfect everytime. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2016
Easy and delicious liked the way the soda bought it all together! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2019
So easy and so delicious. I was a bit concerned about the amount of water and paste. But I followed the directions and I wouldn't change a thing. I also used San Marzano tomatoes. This will be a staple in our house for now on. Thank you. *On a side note, passed down by my husbands uncle I put a whole carrot in while it simmers to absorb the acid. Try it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2017
I love it make it 2 times a week Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2017
One of the best Italian sauces! So easy to make. I use Peeled San Marzano tomatoes and use my immersion blender to crush them while in the pot. These tomatoes have the best flavor. I used less water than called for and did not use the baking soda. I added my uncooked Italian meatballs (1 lb each of veal pork beef) and cooked for four plus hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2017
Delicious. My first "baking soda" red sauce. I was careful to add no more than a level teaspoon and it cut the acidity nicely. My Italian brother in law had seconds! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2016
This is a great sauce for being so simple. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2017
I made this for all our kids used Marzano tomatoes. Delicious.? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2017
This recipe was easy to follow! I didn't read correctly to see it was 2 cans of 32 oz so I had 2 cans of 24 oz crushed tomatoes. The sauce still came out really good. I added way too much basil (dry not fresh) and I was a little worried. After simmering for over 2 hours it wasn't overpowering like I thought I would be. I added meatballs to the sauce for the last 20-30 minutes of simmering. This will be my go to for sauce from here on out!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2018
I personally didn t care for the sauce too sweet. Was super easy to make though! Read More