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Homemade Italian Red Sauce

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"You will love my Italian-style sauce. You can add meatballs to this sauce; it comes out really good."
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2 h 20 m servings 149 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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

Per Serving: 149 calories; 9.2 g fat; 13.9 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 644 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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.

Easy and delicious ,liked the way the soda bought it all together!

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!

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 ...

I made this for all our kids, used Marzano tomatoes. Delicious.?

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 ...

This is a great sauce for being so simple.

I love it ,make it 2 times a week

i used salt free crushed tomatoes and added a bit more basil.