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Salsa di Pomodori (tomato sauce)

Tomato sauce made in the traditional Italian way! This sauce can be used as a base sauce on pizza and is the perfect accompaniment to pasta dishes.


  • 5 teaspoons maize or corn oil

  • 70g finely chopped onions

  • 680g Italian plum or whole-pack tomatoes, coarsely chopped but not drained

  • 2 ½ tablespoons tomato paste

  • ¾ tablespoon finely cut fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 small teaspoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan until a light haze forms over it. Add the onions and cook them over a moderate heat for 7 to 8 minutes, or until soft but not browned. 

  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, sugar, salt and a few grindings of pepper.

  3. Reduce the heat to very low and simmer, with the pan partially covered, for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  4. Press the sauce through a fine sieve into a bowl.

  5.  Taste for seasoning and serve hot.


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