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.

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
8
Max Servings:
8
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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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.

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  • 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

391.28 calories; 3.96 g protein; 26.5 g carbohydrates; 4.21 g dietary-fiber; 12.54 g sugars; 31.42 g fat; 5.86 g saturated-fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 1997.73 IU vitamin-a-iu; 1.86 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.34 mg vitamin-b6; 27.91 mg vitamin-c; 46.75 mcg folate; 58.49 mg calcium; 1.41 mg iron; 31 mg magnesium; 555.08 mg potassium; 828.68 mg sodium; 0.14 mg thiamin; 282.82 calories-from-fat; 24 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 65 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 3 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 12 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


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Key
12/14/2015
This recipe reminds me A LOT of what my German mother in law calls her Pastasciutta.... she uses a ton of onions canned whole tomatoes tomato paste paprika and ground beef and lets it slowly cook on the stove all day adding water when needed... It is absolutely delicious but she never had an actual recipe for me to go by... This recipe gave me a good base to work with and then I added and tweaked as I desired!:) I wanted this to be a meat sauce like hers but being a vegetarian now I instead added three packages (approx 2 lbs) of "Smart Ground". I also added more salt and paprika (not a big fan of the smoky type just personal preference) and some other spices that I like and let it simmer on low heat all afternoon stirring and adding water as needed. Served it over spaghetti noodles for dinner last night and my family LOVED it!! Will definitely be making this again and again! Thank you for sharing Patrick!
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Key
12/14/2015
This recipe reminds me A LOT of what my German mother in law calls her Pastasciutta.... she uses a ton of onions canned whole tomatoes tomato paste paprika and ground beef and lets it slowly cook on the stove all day adding water when needed... It is absolutely delicious but she never had an actual recipe for me to go by... This recipe gave me a good base to work with and then I added and tweaked as I desired!:) I wanted this to be a meat sauce like hers but being a vegetarian now I instead added three packages (approx 2 lbs) of "Smart Ground". I also added more salt and paprika (not a big fan of the smoky type just personal preference) and some other spices that I like and let it simmer on low heat all afternoon stirring and adding water as needed. Served it over spaghetti noodles for dinner last night and my family LOVED it!! Will definitely be making this again and again! Thank you for sharing Patrick!
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Key
12/14/2015
This recipe reminds me A LOT of what my German mother in law calls her Pastasciutta.... she uses a ton of onions canned whole tomatoes tomato paste paprika and ground beef and lets it slowly cook on the stove all day adding water when needed... It is absolutely delicious but she never had an actual recipe for me to go by... This recipe gave me a good base to work with and then I added and tweaked as I desired!:) I wanted this to be a meat sauce like hers but being a vegetarian now I instead added three packages (approx 2 lbs) of "Smart Ground". I also added more salt and paprika (not a big fan of the smoky type just personal preference) and some other spices that I like and let it simmer on low heat all afternoon stirring and adding water as needed. Served it over spaghetti noodles for dinner last night and my family LOVED it!! Will definitely be making this again and again! Thank you for sharing Patrick!
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Liz Dalton 'Lizzie'
11/29/2015
This was fantastic! I like some spice in my sauce and also added a dash of red pepper.
Lawsyjane
12/02/2015
Loved this recipe! I will definitely make it again. I did not add a cup of oil it was way too much for us. I added just enough to saute the garlic and onions. I couldn't find the double concentrated tomato paste so I added about 1/3 of a jar of marinated sun-dried tomatoes. I wasn't sure about the amount of the smoked paprika but it really gave it a lot of flavor.