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A low-cost spicy sauce with strong flavours and a silky texture. It does take a little time to make but the quantities yield 8 servings so that you can refrigerate or freeze the rest. Works great with dried pasta! It is the outcome of three years of trial and error, and I feel like I no longer need to experiment with the ingredients and method. If you're looking for a basic sauce which will allow for the taste of fresh pasta to be more up front, then this sauce might not be for you. To be served on a bed of your favourite pasta, topped with a few fresh basil leaves.


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20 mins
1 hr
1 hr 20 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Place olive oil, butter, and garlic in a large pot; turn heat to high until garlic begins to sizzle, about 2 minutes. Turn heat down to medium; stir in onions and cook and stir until onions are translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour wine over onion mixture; simmer until wine is partially evaporated, about 10 minutes.

  • Place tomatoes and basil in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to blend until tomatoes are chunky. Pour tomatoes into onion mixture; cook, stirring about every 5 minutes, until sauce darkens to a deep red color, about 40 minutes. Turn off heat.

  • Working in batches, pour the sauce into a food processor and blend until smooth. Stir tomato paste, smoked paprika, sugar, and cayenne pepper into tomato mixture; season to taste with salt.

Cook's Note:

You can make the sauce more spicy by adding more cayenne pepper, or add more smoked paprika for a more earthy, smoked flavor. Add more tomato paste for a thicker sauce.

Nutrition Facts

391 calories; protein 4g; carbohydrates 26.5g; fat 31.4g; cholesterol 10mg; sodium 828.7mg. Full Nutrition