Sweet Italian Tomato Sauce for Pasta and Pizzas

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Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

Sweet Italian Tomato Sauce for Pasta and Pizzas This is a really fresh, light sauce, easy to assemble, and does not need a lot of time on the stove, 1 hour, tops. It's delicious with fresh ravioli, spaghetti, and terrific on pizza crust with your favorite cheese. I use Parmesan or fresh mozzarella. This is a different take on an old friend's Italian grandmother's recipe. It's a favorite in our family, and I've made it in larger quantities for large groups of college students--they really like it a lot! Recipe is easily converted to vegetarian--it's just as delicious without the bacon.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large sauce pan, cook the pancetta or bacon till crisp. Drain, and save for later.
  2. Reserve about a tablespoon of the pan drippings and add olive oil to the drippings. Add garlic and chopped onion, and saute till soft and transparent.
  3. Add tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, and sprig of rosemary.
  4. Add red and black pepper, salt and pinch of sugar. Add nutmeg.
  5. Let all simmer on low heat for 1/2 to one hour; taste and adjust seasonings. Shortly before serving, add the pancetta or bacon.
  6. Serve over your favorite pasta, or use as a pizza sauce.