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    Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

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    3 hrs 20 mins

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    3 hrs

    ~In*Memory*of*Brats~'s Note:

    This is a recipe I got from my father who got it from a little old lady he knew from Italy. I always simmer this sauce with my meatballs (recipe posted). You can also add sausage if you like. This sauce is to die for!!!!

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    1. 1
      In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil.
    2. 2
      Empty plum tomatoes into large bowl and squash with your hands.
    3. 3
      Add all ingredients (including any meatballs or sausage you want to add) to pot and simmer for 3 hours.

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    • on August 26, 2008


      Beware Brits. If you are cooking this then don't do what I did and use the tomato puree as we know it in UK. As I have since found out, the Americans call what we call Pasatta, Tomata Puree. In UK tomoato puree is the thick concentrated stuff that the Americans call tomato paste. It was like wallpaper paste when finished and a bit too tomatoey, but i still ate it, not wasting that many meatballs :). Anyway, since finding this out I have re-tried the recipe with tomata pasatta instead of puree and it is an absolute gem of a recipe. thanks.

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    • on June 01, 2004


      I've been eating this sauce forever, AlliePie is my sister. It is perfect. Oregano doesn't make anything "authentically" Italian. Neither of us use it. This is about as authentic as authentic can get. We should know, we are both authentically Italian. :-)

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    • on April 01, 2011


      I had to add one other thing in my review that I forgot to mention: Sautee your onion and garlic in a separate pan, then add to the sauce. I sauteed them in the pot that I was using for the sauce as it calls for, and I could not keep the onion and garlic from sticking to the bottom of the pan. So sautee in separate pan first.

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    Nutritional Facts for Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (257 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 145.4
    Calories from Fat 59
    Total Fat 6.6 g
    Saturated Fat 1.2 g
    Cholesterol 1.8 mg
    Sodium 250.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 21.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
    Sugars 12.5 g
    Protein 4.0 g

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