Perfect tomato pasta sauce

    5 days 20 hours 40 min

    This is an Italian pasta sauce, also known as pomodoro sauce. It's rich, thick, smooth and packed full of tomato-ey goodness. Serve with pasta or use as a dip for garlic bread.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • 2 sticks celery, with leaves, chopped
    • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
    • 1 small red onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 85g tomato puree
    • 475ml water
    • 475ml red wine
    • 1 teaspoon dried sage
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:2days22hr  ›  Extra time:2days22hr20min  ›  Ready in:5days21hr40min 

    1. Stir the chopped tomatoes, celery, carrots, red onion, garlic, tomato puree, water, red wine, sage, basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper together in a large pot and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook the sauce at a simmer until the carrots are tender, about 1 hour.
    2. Pour the sauce into a liquidiser, filling the jug no more than halfway. Hold the lid of the liquidiser in place with a towel and carefully start the liquidiser using a few quick pulses to get the sauce moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a clean container. Alternately, you can use a hand blender and puree the sauce in the pot.

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    really easy put on the back of the hob while preparing other dinners and it takes of itself. You can add other herbs and flavours I put som some whole hot chillies in mine and removed them before blending to give me great chilli tomato base for a chilli con carne. I also added a bit of sweetener ( or sugar) and a splash if White wine vinegar this really brought out the flavour in the tomato sauce.  -  09 Aug 2012


    Very good and easy meatless pasta sauce. Only change I made was sub a can of beef broth for the water-trick we learned from Rachael Ray. Made enough to freeze a quart for later-Thank you!  -  04 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is an excellent sauce...I needed to make my own as I am on a low salt diet and the commercial sauces are disasterous for sodium. Am also looking forward to making it with garden tomatoes later this summer. Thanks for the recipe!  -  03 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)