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Sugo di Pomodoro (Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce)

Rated as 4.93 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.

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

I doubled the recipe, and added a teaspoon of allspice, One green pepper and a quarter cup of chopped cilantro. I used bush Basil instead of sweet Basil. I also used Roma tomatoes fresh from ...

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!

Oh and forgot to say I use fire roasted tomatoes

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