I almost never make sauce on the stovetop because it requires such a long simmering time and I have young toddlers that often distract me from watching it closely. But I had everything on hand for this one and decided to try it. I still think I prefer my own sauce recipe, simmering in the crockpot, but this one was very good. I did simmer meatballs in it (though they were precooked) to satisfy my carnivores. :) I used just 2 c. of water and simmered 1 1/2 hours, otherwise, I made exactly as directed. Made for PAC Spring '11.