A tomato sauce that is sweet at the first bite then fades to hot. A delicious recipe that can be used as a base for your own mixture of vegetables.

Bryan

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and red peppers and lightly saute over high heat.

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  • Reduce heat to low and mix in tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir in celery salt, salt and pepper. Start with 1/2 cup of the brown sugar and mix into the sauce. Gradually add brown sugar, depending on acidity of tomatoes. First taste of sauce should be sweet.

Nutrition Facts

264 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 49.8g 16% DV; fat 7.5g 12% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 768.2mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2007
I have been making this sauce for over 1 year. This is a GREAT recipe for sauce - My kids ages 15 9 & 7 LOVE it!! Everytime I make it they all say "Mom you make the BEST sauce!!" When we go out to eat they say "Mom you should give this restaurant your sauce recipe!!" THANK YOU BRYAN this is the Absolute BEST SAUCE!!! It's DELICIOUS!!! I have used chunky tomatoes as well as puree and crushed. Sometimes I add celery salt and sometimes I don't. You don't necessarily need that ingredient so if you don't have any don't go buy it just for this it's PERFECT without it!! And as far as chile pepper I just use regular crushed red pepper and it works just fine. You will LOVE it!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/02/2004
I used seasoned diced tomatoes and only 1/4 cup sugar but it was still WAY too sweet. I added a 15 oz can of tomato sauce and it was much better. Rating based on revisions. Read More
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77 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2007
I have been making this sauce for over 1 year. This is a GREAT recipe for sauce - My kids ages 15 9 & 7 LOVE it!! Everytime I make it they all say "Mom you make the BEST sauce!!" When we go out to eat they say "Mom you should give this restaurant your sauce recipe!!" THANK YOU BRYAN this is the Absolute BEST SAUCE!!! It's DELICIOUS!!! I have used chunky tomatoes as well as puree and crushed. Sometimes I add celery salt and sometimes I don't. You don't necessarily need that ingredient so if you don't have any don't go buy it just for this it's PERFECT without it!! And as far as chile pepper I just use regular crushed red pepper and it works just fine. You will LOVE it!! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2003
FANTASTIC! It was the perfect blend of sweet and hot. The longer it simmered on the stove the hotter it got. Next time we won't let it simmer quite so long. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2003
Haven't yet gone food shopping I didn't have much on hand this afternoon but an abundance of pasta and no ready-made sauce in a jar. I looked at the can of crushed tomatoes I had in the cupboard for months with the intent of making my own sauce and was finally forced to take the challenge...so glad I did. This was the absolute best sauce I've ever tasted!! I won't go back to jarred. I only required 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Suggestion: only use 1 TBS oilve oil - 2 made a film of oil around the end that just wouldn't encorporate into the sauce. Quick and Delicious!! Thanks Bryan!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2007
This is AWESOME sauce! I made a few minor variations - used chipotle chili pepper for a smoky spice and threw in a small palmful of both basil and oregano (dried) for a tad more Italian flavor. I added the 1/2 cup of brown sugar it says to do initially but I only added about another 1/4 cup because it was perfect. This is delish and different not to mention easy. I'll make it again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2002
This was easy to make and put a nice little spin on regular tomato sauce. I put extra crushed chile peppers (closer to a full Tablespoon) in it because my husband and I like hot things. It was a little too hot so next time I think I will stick to the recipe. Someone else said that the brown sugar made it too sweet but I didn't think so. I browned some ground turkey and added that. I'll make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2002
this is a very good sauce alittle spicy for the little kids. i added alittle sweet basil it was just the right touch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2004
This sauce was amazing! I served it over angel hair pasta and my boyfriend absolutely LOVED it!!! It has a real kick to it but at the same time is wonderfully sweet. This recipe has definitely earved a spot in my permanant recipe binder! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
I'll repeat what someone else has said I will not go back to marinara in a jar! If one follows to recipe correctly it has a wonderful aroma and the balance of sweet and spicy is right on target. I substituted the celery salt for 1/4TBLS of Garlic Salt and I also added 1 TBLS of dried Oregano. I highly recommend this sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2002
This spicy and sweet sauce is perfect with penne pasta. The sauce was quick and easy to make but tasted fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/02/2004
I used seasoned diced tomatoes and only 1/4 cup sugar but it was still WAY too sweet. I added a 15 oz can of tomato sauce and it was much better. Rating based on revisions. Read More
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