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Papa's Tomato Sauce

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"My father's recipe for tomato sauce that the entire extended family loved."
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5 h 2 m servings 239
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, parsley, basil, and garlic; cook and stir until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add pork and beef neck bones; cook and stir until browned, 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir crushed tomatoes slowly into the onion mixture; mix in salt, oregano, and bay leaves. Cook, covered, until flavors combine, about 2 1/2 hours. Stir in tomato paste; simmer uncovered until sauce thickens, about 2 hours.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • For a thicker sauce, substitute 1 can crushed tomatoes and 1 large can of tomato puree for the 2 cans crushed tomatoes.
  • If doubling recipe, don't double bay leaves, just use 3.
  • If sauce is too thick, add water. If tomatoes are sour or acidic, add more basil and a couple of large pinches of baking soda toward the end of cooking.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 239 calories; 15.5 21.4 7.9 17 1966 Full nutrition

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