A simple, delicious tomato sauce

I have given up trying to make sauce(gravy) like my nana's. Does anyone have a recipe for a tasty tomato sauce(gravy) that even I can make? I have some tomato puree....then what. Thank you1

  • Posted by: Reen
  • August 9, 2011


boulangere August 10, 2011
True confession time: I add smashed cloves of garlic to mine. The quantity is relative to the number of tomatoes.
cookinginvictoria August 10, 2011
The Marcella Hazan tomato sauce with onion and butter is heavenly. But if you are wanting a real Italian-style gravy, then you may want to add meat. My Sunday Pork Ragu (http://www.food52.com/recipes/11544_sunday_pork_ragu) is my Italian great-grandmother's recipe. It gets its delicious flavor from adding sausage and pork neck bones to the sauce.

For special occasion fare, it's hard to beat thirschfeld's Meatballs Emilia Romagna with Pasta Sheets (http://www.food52.com/recipes/6267_meatballs_emiliaromagna_with_pasta_sheets).

But for something simpler but also pretty tasty, you can't go wrong with Merrill's Weeknight Ragu (http://www.food52.com/recipes/2554_weeknight_ragu).
Reen August 10, 2011
@mrslarkin, really? I've never heard of a tomato sauce recipe like this. No garlic?
Rivka August 9, 2011
FWIW, I just watched Anthony Bourdain's Naples episode, and he wrapped up shooting with a Sunday night dinner at his fixer's mother's house. She made gravy that looked dead-easy - onions, beef, pork, tomato, olive oil. That was basically it. This recipe looks pretty similar (omit the meatballs if they're too much effort): http://almostitalian.com/sunday-gravy/
SKK August 9, 2011
mrslarkin @ boulangere have my total agreement.
boulangere August 9, 2011
It simply doesn't get any better than this.
mrslarkin August 9, 2011
Get a bunch of fresh ripe tomatoes and make this: http://www.food52.com/recipes/13722_marcella_hazans_tomato_sauce_with_onion_and_butter

It's super easy and delicious! Good luck!
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