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Sugo di Pomodoro (Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce)

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars

"This is a basic recipe for authentic Italian tomato sauce flavored with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and basil. Toss with your favorite pasta or use for pizza, gnocchi and more."
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30 m servings 152
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook and stir until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add passata, basil, and salt. Cover and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tomato sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove garlic halves before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Instead of the onion you can use 2 shallots. If you have the time, you can simmer the sauce for much longer for a more intense flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 152 calories; 7.4 20.8 4.2 0 304 Full nutrition

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Very easy to make and fast. I used fresh garden tomatoes (early girls) and blanched, skinned and seeded them. This was basically exactly what I was looking for to use up tomatoes. The sauce I us...

The only difference is I add more garlic, and I roast the garlic.

Everyone at my Thanksgiving meal loved the sauce. I even saved a little for myself and enjoyed it for dinner last evening.

Quite good, but it needed more *umph*. I put extra salt, and a Tablespoon of sugar to balance put the acidity.

Next time I'll use 1/2 the onion and garlic. Very quick to make and that I loved.

Excellent. Simple and quick to put together, but tasted great. Used dried Basil and added some Bay Leaves.

Made this to use as pizza sauce. Delish!

This was delicious! I didn't make any changes to the recipe. Great just as is.

Easy and delicious! I'll definitely make it again.