Total Time
4hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 4 hrs

I come from a NY Italian family and having sauce on Sunday's is a must! I now make this every Sunday for my family! Salud!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat pot (I like a non stick pot) with olive oil. Diced up onion and mince garlic. Add to the pot and saute until cooked thru but not browned. Add the oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes (optional), bay leaves and basil (if using fresh basil, wait until sauce is already simmering). Add the sugar and red wine. Let the red wine reduce a bit. Add in the tomato paste and mix well with the other ingredients already in the pot. Let it kind of "melt" before adding the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. I add 1 can at a time to allow for easier blending. Add the water, stir. Cover and bring to a simmer then reduce heat to low. Put a lid on it and fugghetaboutit for a while! Stir occasionally to avoid it burning at the bottom of the pot. I would let it simmer for a minimum of 4 hours -- Make sure to fish out the bay leaves before serving!
  2. Serve with pasta and top with parmesean cheese or use my fave-fried bread crumbs!
  3. Dalla mia cucina alla tua! (From my kitchen to yours!).
Most Helpful

Wonderful tasting sauce and one that I will make again. I did cut the recipe in half and otherwise followed the instructions. I used this sauce for Pork Tenderloin Parmigiana#192285 and used couscous but am looking forward to using it on angel hair (which is DH's favorite). This sauce would work great though with any type of pasta. Thank you for posting. Made for Fall Pick A Chef.

mama smurf October 25, 2011

Great Tasting Sauce! it makes a ton, but will love being able to freeze some....made for PAC fall 2011 and glad I picked it!

CIndytc October 17, 2011