My tomato sauce is too tangy. I have add wine and sugar. What else can I do?
Sam is a trusted home cook.
Just a pinch..a pinch of baking soda will neutralized overly acidic tomato sauces. Taste and repeat..it can from tangy to bland very quickly with too much.
Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.
A spoonful of sugar works well. Add it after all the ingredients are in the sauce and it has cooked a bit. If you add just a small amount, it doesn't make it sweet, but removes the bite.
sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.
I would add more tomatoes and keep tasting until you find it it less tangy.
Cinnamon can help too, not much more than a good pinch.
If you're out of tomatoes sauté some onion until really really soft and add that.
pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.
The whole concept of "tomato gravy" is an Italian-American thing. It's not really Italian but if you are from New Jersey or Long Island, well.. Ok.
To do it right you have to load up the onions and chopped carrots at the beginning because it's hard to fix afterward. Adding milk at the beginning helps too---that's the Bolognese model.
Lots of Italians (I'm one from LI), that would laugh in your face. Your comments always insult while trying to answer a hotline question. Get overself and be helpful, not condenscending. Merry Christmas.
Fine, laugh in my face, I don't care. It's just food history, go ahead and laugh at that too. There is no such thing as "tomato gravy" in Italy. It's completely American and more specifically the mid-Atlantic. And there is nothing wrong with that, nor is it condescending to point it out. In Italy tomato "sauces" tend to be loose. The exception being Bolognese which is tight, with less tomato. And by the way I grew up in Long Island red sauce joints.
If adding sugar isn't enough, maybe add in some stock.
Please enter a valid email address.
Well played. You deserve a cookie.
Here's the secret: Use cake, not cookies
Ice Cream + Cake Sandwich
How Photoshoots Work at Food52
Summer Camp Week!
Friday Find: Scrubby Swedish Sponges
Spotted! Summer Trends
prevented successful signup:
We'll never post anything without your permission.
prevented successful login:
Thanks for signing up!
Connect with us to get more Food52!
Sign up for our useful, inspired emails and we'll
give you everything you need to eat and live better—including
recipes, how-tos, and exclusives and great gift ideas from our
kitchen and home shop.