Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce. Grand Prix Gourmet, Italy

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Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe.

Here’s my recipe for Italian tomato sauce taught to me by my grandma. It’s very simple but so tasty. The secret is to make sure you fry the onions and garlic well before adding the tomatoes. It’s such a versatile sauce, good for all sorts of dishes. I make a huge amount most weeks and freeze it in small containers so it’s ready to use. It’s vegetarian too.

This recipe serves four with pasta dishes.


Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe


Serves: 4

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons tomato puree
  • 2 medium onions – diced
  • 2 cans of organic Italian plum tomatoes (tinned chopped tomatoes are too watery)
  • 1 clove of garlic – crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 twigs fresh rosemary
  • Cold water
  • Seasoning
  1. Chop onions as finely a possible in a food processor if you have one. But don’t turn them into a paste.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium sized saucepan
  3. Add the chopped onions to the pan and fry gently. They are ready when they are become clear.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs and seasoning and a cup of water
  5. Bring to the boil for about 5 more minutes
  6. Put a lid on the pan boil for about an hour, never letting it dry out. Add water and stir occasionally if you feel it’s dry. But don’t over do it.
  7. When the oil sits on the top of the tomatoes the sauce is ready. Also, it should be a deep red colour.
  8. You can zap the sauce in a food processor to make it smooth – kids prefer that.


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Giovanna Sanguinetti has been a teacher for many years and loves teaching dyslexic children. She is a qualified and experienced teacher of drama and theatre arts too. Her big love is theatre directing. She lives in London and is currently embarking on a very exciting project home educating her son through his exams years of school. While she does this she will continue writing online about education. Giovanna also loves adventure travel and is passionate about responsible and sustainable travel. She enjoys writing about this and has her own brand-new website. She is also the Travel Feature Editor on Tastes Magazine.

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  1. Delicious looking tomato sauce. Always best grandma’s way, I still use my grandmother’s sauce recipe today. Well done 🙂

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