Brandied Tomato Sauce (Flambe')

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by 2Bleu

This is a wonderful and elegant sauce for gnocchi or pasta that infuses the flavors by flambe'ing the sauce during cooking. Suggested Easy Potato Gnocchi

Top Review by sofie-a-toast

Great sauce, fun cooking! We made this to use in meatball subs and it definitely held it's own and I loved that it had so many veggies hidden within! I did feel like it was missing a little spice. The mushrooms gave it a bit of a flat aftertaste. Will experiment to make it perfect!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook onion, mushrooms, shallot, leek, and salt until soft, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add brandy and 1/4 cup Madeira. Turn heat to high and CAREFULLY ignite the alcohol using a match or bbq lighter (be sure your stove fan is turned off). Cook over high heat until flames die out. Reduce temperature to medium-high and cook until liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, thyme, and bay leaf. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  4. Puree in a food processor or blender. Strain if desired. Return to pan and place over medium heat. Whisk in remaining tablespoon butter, broken in small pieces, and remaining tablespoon Madeira. Season with salt and pepper to taste. spoon over cooked gnocchi or pasta.

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