Meat(Less) Tomato Sauce - Sicilian Style

Recipe by CulinaryQueen
READY IN: 1hr 50mins
YIELD: 16 Cups




  • Empty the tomatoes into a large saucepan and turn the heat to medium.
  • In the meantime, heat a heavy skillet over medium heat.
  • When hot, add the ground beef and stir it around until brown.
  • You do not need to add oil as the fat from the beef will suffice.
  • When the meat is cooked, remove with a slotted spoon, allowing excess oil to drip back into the skillet, and transfer the meat to the saucepan of tomatoes and stir.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the fat in the skillet and cook until the onion is tender.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon, again, allowing the excess oil to drip back into the skillet and stir into the tomatoes.
  • Stir in the salt, sugar and basil.
  • Bring sauce to a boil, cover, then turn down the heat to simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Turn off the heat and let the pot sit on the stove until you are ready to use it.
  • If you are planning to use it the next day, refrigerate when cooled.
  • Reheat as necessary or freeze for future use.