I've been perfecting this recipe for over 10 years. Melting just a little cheese in the sauce adds great richness without overwhelming the tomatoes. And it's easy to keep these ingredients stocked in the house! Makes for amazing leftovers!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat; cook and stir onions for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes more.

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  • Mix petite diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes, white wine, tomato paste, oregano, salt, sugar, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and bay leaves into onion mixture; reduce heat to low, cover Dutch oven, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend, about 1 hour.

  • Remove Dutch oven from heat. Add 1/2 cup Pecorino-Romano cheese, basil, and parsley into into sauce; stir until cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle remaining cheese over sauce when serving.

Cook's Notes:

It's almost better the day after. Make it the day before and heat it up for company!

This recipe is also very forgiving. It's the perfect starting point for all kinds of tomato sauce experimentation (add ground beef, add sausage, serve over chicken cutlets, or try different cheeses or herbs, etc).

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

299 calories; 18.4 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 836 mg sodium. 21.4 g carbohydrates; 4.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2019
Very flavorful and thick. Tastes old school Italian like my Sicilian neighbors used to make in high school. Loved it... even my picky teenagers liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2019
Very flavorful and thick. Tastes old school Italian like my Sicilian neighbors used to make in high school. Loved it... even my picky teenagers liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2017
Turned out amazing! My favorite sauce as of today. However I did make some adjustments. I cut the recipe in half as I thought the original would yield too much for my home. I did add diced mushrooms while saluting the onions and browned 1lb Italian seasoned ground turkey. Since mushrooms sweat (produce extra liquid) I used a full can of tomato paste. I cut down the olive oil to about 2T and used a mixture of oregano and thyme. I decided to use my slow cooker and cooked it for about an hour then took out the bay leaves threw in the fresh basil and cheese and then put in a splash of white wine instead of the suggested amount. Slow cooked for another hour and boy I can eat this out of the pot by itself! Thank you for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2019
Very flavorful and thick. Tastes old school Italian like my Sicilian neighbors used to make in high school. Loved it... even my picky teenagers liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2019
Straightforward and delicious. Nicely balanced. I didn't change a thing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2019
I really didn't make this recipe but I am Italian and I learned how to cook sauce exactly the same way my mother did using this exact recipe. We never measured but we eyeballed it did it by sight smell and most importantly taste. I changed out the sugar for a bit of carrot. Trust me you won't miss the wasted calories from the sugar and your kids will never know there's carrot in the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/09/2018
It was super easy and super good. Didn't last long as all three batches went quickly and I had three requests for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2016
there were several changes I made to this recipe. Do to my preferences. I used one large can of crushed tomatoes. This replaces diced tomatoes. Instead of 1/2 cup of olive oil. I used 2 tbs. (because I cook low fat). Also omitted the wine. the recipe turned out great. Definitely will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2019
This is an excellent sauce. I followed the recipe exactly except used crushed rather than diced tomatoes and less olive oil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2019
Tried this sauce today and it was a success all round this is my new spaghetti sauce from now on thank you all recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2018
Excellent sauce! Easy to make and I only eliminated the crushed red pepper. I did not have any! Oops My men loved every bite of it. Read More
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