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Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe

Use this Italian Tomato Sauce recipe for your pizza or even your pasta!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: roasted tomatoes, salsa, sugo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Nonna Box


  • 2.6 lbs red tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin oil
  • Salt as needed
  • 8 basil leaves


  • Rip the pedicels off, washing the tomatoes very well and leaving them to dry.
  • Cut each tomato into two halves and remove the green part, also known as the pith.
  • Squeeze the two halves of the tomato in a bowl or in a sink, to get rid of all the seeds.
  • Once you’ve repeated this process with all the tomato halves, put them in a steel pot, and cook the tomatoes on a stove’s hotplate, on low heat, turning them occasionally with a spoon, until dry and disintegrated.
  • Now pass the tomatoes through a food mill. Once all tomatoes have been passed, transfer the resulting sauce in a smaller steel pot while you will again put on the hotplate.
  • Add salt and oil to the sauce, and let it simmer over high heat, until you get the desired thickness.
  • Then turn off the heat and add the whole basil leaves to the sauce or coarsely chopped by hand.


  • If the tomatoes that you purchased are not particularly tasty, you can add to the sauce a fried onion or garlic to make the sauce more delicious.


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 698mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2500IU | Vitamin C: 40.4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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