Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

From THE FRUGAL GOURMET by Jeff Smith. Posted for ZWT6.


  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and add the olive oil.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic until clear.
  3. Add the tomatoes, parsley and oregano.
  4. Simmer, covered, until the tomatoes are very tender, about 25 minutes.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and cook an additional 20 minutes.
  6. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for several days.
Most Helpful

I ended up blending this and using it for pizza sauce. I enjoyed it but my BF found it too sweet which was strange since there is no sugar - perhaps all the wine? I agree that it could use a little kick from some pepper flakes next time! Wonderfully easy and rich though.

sofie-a-toast July 18, 2013

Oh wow! This sauce is SO good! I like the wine in this, just make sure that you use a good quality wine because it is definitely the star ingredient. I can see using this for a topping on chicken, with seafood or just on good ol' pasta. Made for Went to the Market tag game. Thanks lazyme! :)

Nif December 29, 2011

i had this kinda sauce at an italian restaurant . it was in the cheese lasagna , it was one of the best things i have ever eaten , i looked every where for the recipe they always had sugar to much cinnamon , this is perfect with noodles and feta and parma thank you for having this recipe .dee

Dienia B. March 14, 2012