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    Chocolatl's Note:

    Aurelio's sauce has been a family secret since Joe Aurelio opened his first restaurant in Homewood, Illinois, in 1959. Some people call the sauce sweet, but I would describe it as mild and tomatoey. There is some controversy over whether the sauce actually contains beer or not. This is the recipe we have found to be closest to the original. If you don't wish to use beer, a little malt extract will add the same flavor. Thanks to HandsomeG and Gaga at for some clues that led me to create this recipe.

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    1. 1
      Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
    2. 2
      Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
    3. 3
      Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 30 minutes.

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    • on August 26, 2014


      Not sure where Aurelio's is, but this reminds me of the sauce that they use at the pizza places near the beach in my region of the country. A bit sweeter than I usually make pizza sauce, but the beer keeps it from being overly sweet. I used this on a Shipyard beer-flavored pizza crust, topped with lots of shredded mozzarella, sliced Genoa salami and chopped-up portabella mushroom caps. This makes quite a bit of sauce (probably enough for at least 4 or 5 heavily-sauced large pizzas, I'm guessing), so I froze the remainder of my batch so it won't spoil before I can use it up (can't be filling up on personal pizzas right now, not with Quest food to be eaten, haha). Thanks for posting! Made for Culinary Quest I

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    • on October 09, 2011


      I used this for my spaghetti last week and it was so delicious. It was full of flavour and was quite filling. This also made for some good leftovers, as it easily reheats and retains the same flavour as the day before.

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    • on October 31, 2010


      I just have to say "Thank you Chocolat!" This pizza sauce may not be exactly Aurelios but its darn close! I make a lot of homemade pizzas and the one today was the best ever! I did let my sauce simmer for 4 hours to thicken but other than that I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks again!

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    Nutritional Facts for Approximately Aurelio's Pizza and Pasta Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (1217 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 117.0
    Calories from Fat 3
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 514.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 23.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
    Sugars 13.0 g
    Protein 3.2 g

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