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Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

Updated on July 13, 2013
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JT Walters has a Master's of Science in Behavoralism from Florida State University. She is a researcher in many professions in Florida.

Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce


Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

I have been taught this recipe from Romans so I don't think Italian Tomato Sauce gets much more authentic than from Rome. What you will find interesting in how much is incorporated into the sauce that is not used in America and how inexpensive the sauce is to make. It also tastes so much better than most sauces today. But I have grown up on this sauce so I love it. You will have to try it and let me know.


1 cube Beef or Chicken Bouillon

1/4 cup olive oil

2 peeled and diced carrots

2 stalks of celery washed and diced

1 small onion diced

1 clove of garlic sliced

1 can of Tomato Sauce or you can make fresh Tomato Sauce from your Garden if you have one. If you don't buy the $1.50 can of tomato sauce as it is much more inexpensive than making tomato sauce from store bought tomatoes.

10 Fresh basil Leaves fro your garden.

Salt and Pepper to taste.


Place oil in bottom of sauce pan. Add Bouillon and the vegetables. Cook Vegetables until they are tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. Add tomato sauce and let cook another 30 minutes on low-medium heat. Stir occasionally. This makes perfect sauce every time.


Serve over your favorite cooked pasta. We like Rigatoni but Angel Haired works just as well and top basil leaves and with freshly graded Parmesan cheese.

Serving Options

We usually do low protein because the pasta provides alot of complex carbohydrates but if you wish to add protein I have eaten this dish with veal, hamburger, sausage and tuna. You can add any of the aforementioned meats to your sauces if you would like a heaver meal.

If you are really hungry you can serve Bruschetta before the pasta.


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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Tonipet,

      I am so glad you enjoyed the sauce but it is rather different from the sauces we are used to in America as it is a really healthy and fresh tasting sauce. It a bit more work then the jar stuff but I think it is well worth it.

      Thank you so much for reading, and giving it a try. I know it took a great leap of faith to give this recipe a try but I am so glad you did.

      Parsley is another one of those herbs like oregano not often used in Europe so I couldn't imagine it in the sauce but let me know how it turns out.

      Thank you again for allowing me to share with you and for actually trying the recipe. It makes me so happy you enjoyed it and to your good health.

      Thanks for the rating and comment as well.

      All My Best,


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      Tonette Fornillos 6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Fantastic, super and fabulous! Maybe I'm just an old fan of Italian tomato sauce, just tried the recipe. Found it a bit "worky" making sauce from fresh tomatoes, though, (funny) but it was the most genuine taste of a tomato sauce I've ever tasted. The blend of basil and just enough salt and pepper brought out just a balanced taste so different from sweet-tasting ready-made tomato sauces today. I plan of trying parsley, maybe? Thanks for the idea, I really really loved it! very useful and interesting. Voted up!

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Everyone,

      I made this sauce tonight and it was as good as ever. I just forgot to mention that you don't need a lot of sauce. A little does the trick.



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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Thelma,

      It is Roma's sauce. I am just sharng with you what was shared with me. Isn't that the way all the best recipes get around? The recipe I provided will be different than what your husband is use to so I hope he likes it.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback.

      Let me know how you like it because I will do more if people like this recipe.

      All My Best,


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      Thelma Raker Coffone 6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      I wish I had this recipe last night when I needed sauce for stuffed shells. I used a store bought jar of sauce but yours sounds so much better. My Italian husband is sure to like it. Thanks for sharing.


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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida


      It is a really simple sauce and I was really surprised when the Italian grandmother in Rome showed me how to make it. Fortunatley, for me I could follow what she did as my Italian wasn't great when she taught me. It improved later.

      The grandmother explained to me the carrots added sugar and sweetness to the acidic tomatoes. The celery also added flavor. The boullion, I protested at the time because I was a vegetarian on moral grounds, but the Romans told me when in Rome do as Romans so I ate the sauce and was quite.

      Your secret is safe with me. I will tell no one but don't expect this sauce to taste like Ragu. Really Italian tomato sauce is very different than what we think tomato sauce should taste like.

      What surpirsed me was they used canned tomato sauce because of the convience and that oregano wasn't used. Oregano isn't a spice used at all to the best of my knowlegde in Italian cooking and I asked when in Rome when my Italian was much better.

      I think you will be really happy when you try this sauce. I can't go back to American tomato sauce anymore. It is to heavy and acidic for me.

      If it works out maybe you can surprise your Dad with the sauce recipe especially since it is so simple. One last note please don't used crush or pared tomatoes just the sauce out of the can and the cheaper the better.

      Really simple easy recipe that is really good so I hope you enjoy it.

      Thanks for reading, commenting and taking the time to provide feedback.

      All My Best,


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      Jessica 6 years ago from Kansas

      Wow, this seems fairly simple for tomato sauce. My father, who's Italian, has always tried to make his own for spaghetti or various noodles and it's never quite come out the way he wanted it to. In my own endeavors to become more true to my Italian culture, I'll have to try this instead of buying Ragu (which, for the love of God, don't tell my father I have done).

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      I am so glad I could write somthig useful. I hope you enjoy it. And it is really simple to make. Let me know how it turns out.

      Thank you for reading, commenting and taking the time to post.

      All My Best,


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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      I love things that are easy to make and yet so delicious. Nothing like home cooking. Thanks for sharing this great recipe, a must try!