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candacemay
added over 5 years ago

I would add a 8oz brick of cream cheese it would help thicken. Also some grated parmesan cheese. only other option tomato paste might help

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gt9
gt9
added over 5 years ago

I agree with Monita. Have you been cooking covered this whole time?

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Anne Minton
added over 5 years ago

Thank you all! I cooked it low and covered overnight. It added 2 cans of paste and a handful of grated parm reggiano and ii am leaving it uncovered and it seems to be doing to trick!! Thank you!

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bigpan
added over 5 years ago

A bit if extra fine bread crumbs can help. As you boil it down the flavors will intensify, so you might have to add some liquid ... sounds counter productive, but you want it to taste good and not like a tin of tomato paste.

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Kristen W.
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added over 5 years ago

In addition to what big pan said, a pinch of sugar can help balance the acidity of the tomato paste.

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Sam1148
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added over 5 years ago

If your sauce super acid..a pinch of baking soda mellows it out better than sugar. But just a pinch. Too much will neutralize all the flavor.

babytiger
added over 5 years ago

Chicken wing tips! I know that is kind of weird, but the gelatin released from the wing tips thicken the sauce nicely, and also add some flavor.

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pierino
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added over 5 years ago

Speaking as a hard core Roman cook I can't imagine why anyone would want to cook a "spaghetti sauce" for twelve hours. Or even four hours. In Italy a sauce for pasta is usually pretty loose. Even a rich bolognese style sauce shouldn't take that long.

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CindiB
added over 2 years ago

I just learned this from Bobby Dean. I can't believe I have never heard such a thing. I've been cooking spaghetti sauce for hours, if not days. :/ I feel like I should apologize to all those tomatoes. THANK YOU!

Ru Peter
added almost 2 years ago

Because we're making thick Italian American sauce not Roman sauce.

Nikki Hammett
added 6 months ago

Overnight cooking in a slow cooker isn't that uncommon or odd.

Anne Minton
added over 5 years ago

Pierino! I would love to have one of your sauce recipes!?? I am making the sauce as my Mother used to make it but am always looking for a better way! Thank you!

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Shuna Lydon
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added over 5 years ago

I cook my tomato sauce in the oven. The bigger & the flatter the pan is, the faster the sauce will evaporate. I tend to set short timers, like 15-20 minutes, and stir when the timers go off. This way I can keep an eye pn my sauce and take it to the exact thickness I want, and also I can keep the edges from getting too burnt. My stove stays cleaner and I don't have to worry about the bottom of my sauce pot burning! This is great advice for making chutney and quick berry jam too.

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Nancy
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added 6 months ago

Came across this thread long after it started, but (late) thanks Shuna - I love the idea of oven baking for both tomato sauce and preserves. Nancy

Ru Peter
added almost 2 years ago

Because we're making thick Italian American sauce not Roman sauce.

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lamange
added over 1 year ago

Here's a trick I discovered. In two enamel covered Pots or a Stainless Steel pots, I separate the Peeled tomatoes into two pots. In both Pots, I create my Italian “Soffritto”: Cold Press Extra Virgin Kalamata Olive Oil, Minced Fresh Garlic and a small amount of Fresh Onion or Shallots. I put the the Peeled tomatoes in one pot and put the watery tomato sauce in the other pot. I add my fresh Basil Salt and any other spices later.

The watery sauce Simmers or reduces while I'm cooking the thicker sauce in the other. When the watery pot of sauce has reduced to my desired thickness, I simply combine the two pots into one.

I have reduced the watery sauce to a much thicker sauce in the same amount of time I was cooking the thicker sauce. If I need more time for the watery sauce to reduce, I simply put the peeled tomatoes on simmer or off until I have reduced the watery sauce to my desired thickness.

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