Nonna-Approved Tomato Sauce (for pasta, pizza and more)
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Delicious tomato sauce that can be used on fresh pasta, pizza, meatballs, veal, etc. A versatile sauce that works as a base for so many meals.
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2.5 litres
  • 3 cans (28 fluid ounces each can) whole peeled tomatoes (my personal favourite is La San Marzano which I usually find at Costco)
  • 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium cooking onion thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • ¼ cup good red wine (plus an extra glass to drink while cooking)
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 10 to 15 fresh basil leaves rolled and diced
  • 1 whole medium peeled carrot
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat up olive oil in a large saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add onions and sauté until they start to look translucent. Add the chopped garlic and continue sautéing for another 3 minutes but don't let the garlic burn.
  3. Add the tomatoes (with liquid), wine, sugar, basil, carrot, oregano, salt and pepper. Break up the tomatoes inside the pot with a wooden spoon and stir well.
  4. Bring the mixture up to a slow boil and lower to simmer covered for 2 hours. Mix occasionally but be careful with splatters from the hot tomato mixture while stirring.
  5. Sample and adjust salt and ground pepper to taste.
  6. Remove the whole carrot
  7. Your sauce is now ready for your pasta or other favorite dish.
  8. Notes: If your family doesn't like the sauce as chunky, feel free to purée the mixture after removing the carrot.
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