Homemade Napolitana sauce

    35 min

    This is a traditional recipe of the famous Napolitana sauce given from mother to daughter in Naples, for generations. It's easy to make, everyone likes it and it complements spaghetti perfectly, for a light meatless meal.


    Attica, Greece
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    Serves: 4 

    • 6 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 500g fresh ripe tomatoes, chopped (or tinned)
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
    • fresh basil leaves

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. In a pan heat olive oil, add garlic and when it starts getting golden, add the tomatoes and sugar. Sugar is important because it takes away the acidity of the tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper, and, if you like, the chilli. Lower the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. That's all.
    2. To serve, pour over cooked spaghetti and sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.

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    I don't know what the previous reviewer is talking about - this napolitana sauce is delicious! Napolitana sauce can vary widely - there's not necessarily one 'right' way. I've served this simple sauce with spaghetti as suggested and it's a lovely meal that the whole family enjoys. It's also nice to top pizza or to make quick pizzas with either pitta or baguette. Try it, you'll like it too!  -  07 Feb 2014


    ... this recipe is as bad as its photo. No offense, but, please name your sauce anything you like, but not Napolitana.  -  14 Jul 2013


    Very tasty - quick and simple! Halved the ingredients (except garlic) to use up some cherry tomatoes and the result was magnifique!  -  22 Aug 2014