In Search of the Ultimate Spaghetti/Pizza/Pasta Sauce

"This may be hard to believe, but the best pasta sauce I ever had was in a small restaurant in San Carlos, Mexico. When we got back home I decided to start experimenting to see if I could duplicate and this is pretty darn close. If you prefer a smooth sauce, substitute tomato sauce for the diced tomatoes. Fresh mushrooms can also be added if desired. Fresh Italian sweet sausage can be used Recipe #362998 or, I highly recommend Kittencal's Recipe #69173 (I wasn't a meatball lover until I tried these.) Next time I make I'm going to try adding diced roasted red peppers. Based on comments of others, the plan is to continue refining this recipe. I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions!. I serve on my Recipe #227629 and save the leftover sauce to use on a pizza."
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Ready In:
3hrs 15mins




  • In large pot combine crushed tomatoes, tomato puree and diced tomatoes.
  • Add 1/2 cup of red wine and 1/2 cup water.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Stir in seasonings (salt, pepper, oregano, basil) and grated cheese.
  • In frying pan heat olive oil and brown sausage or meat-balls.
  • Remove the meat from the pan (saving the drippings) and add to the simmering sauce.
  • In the same frying pan sauté the onions and garlic (adding more oil if necessary) until translucent.
  • Add onions and garlic to simmer sauce.
  • Deglaze the frying pan with 1/2 cup of red wine and add to the simmering sauce.
  • Stirring occasionally, simmer for three hours or until of desired consistency.
  • To thicken sauce crack the lid and allow to cook down.
  • To thin add a little more red wine.
  • Serve on spaghetti, ravioli or use on pizza.

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  1. Lavender Lynn
    This is a very delicious italian sauce. I followed the ingredients per recipe except I added 2 T of parsley because I love parsley in spaghetti sauce. I used Chianti red wine. I used parmesan cheese. I added 2 kinds of mushrooms: crimini and baby bellas. Made for ZWT4 for the Cookin Cats
  2. watson1505
    i used this in bolognese great!! i cut up a slice of smoky bacon it gave it a really nice kick


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