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    Italian Red Sauce aka Red Gravy or spaghetti sauce

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    6 hrs 35 mins

    30 mins

    6 hrs 5 mins

    P's Note:

    This makes a great deal of sauce but it freezes very well and can be used in any way you would use a red sauce. The Italian ham makes all the difference in the taste. Also, for those who have made sauce and it has been "acidy" I have never had this problem with the imported tomatoes. Every time I make a batch, I give some to friends. They all love it. It also works very well with

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    1. 1
      Place olive oil in a large soup pot.
    2. 2
      Add garlic and simmer about one minute, do not let it brown.
    3. 3
      Put tomatoes in blender and blend briefly to smooth out the tomatoes.
    4. 4
      Then add to garlic.
    5. 5
      Cut Italian ham in chunks.
    6. 6
      When I order this from the Deli, I have them cut it in 1/2 lb slab.
    7. 7
      Add basil and crushed red pepper flakes.
    8. 8
      Let simmer about 6 hours.
    9. 9
      I always check the richness of the sauce by putting a spoonful in a clean bowl, let it sit for about 5 minutes and if water is seperating from the sauce, continue to simmer.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 17, 2007


      P...I made this exactly as directed, even down to the Cento tomatoes and the cubed prosciutto. I let it simmer in my crockpot for the time needed and the smell is fabulous. You are right, it makes a lot of sauce. The flavor is wonderful, rich with the tomatoes not being overpowered by other spices and the prosciutto added the just the right touch without standing out. I am going to use it tonight for pizza and freeze the rest in quart containers. I can see how adaptable this sauce will be! Thank for sharing!

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    • on January 30, 2007


      This is a duplicate of my own sauce except for the ham. Great addition! TIP: Tomatoes in enameled cans are less acidic (Furmano's, Snow Floss), but you can cut the acid by adding a little Coke to the sauce.

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    • on September 09, 2003


      I like the tip in Step 9 to test for doneness. Also, if acidity is a problem for you with tomato sauce, a little sugar goes a long way in counterbalancing the acid..

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Red Sauce aka Red Gravy or spaghetti sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (1 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 20

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 5.6
    Calories from Fat 4
    Total Fat 0.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 0.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    Cento Italian tomatoes

    prosciutto ham

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