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Little Nana's Tomato Sauce


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  • 1 can (28 oz.) kitchen ready, crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. basil
  • a pinch of baking soda
  • Optional: Simmer sauce with 1 lb. browned ground beef, 1 lb. pork spareribs, 1 lb. beef roast, meatballs, or 1 lb. chicken pieces.


Servings 8


Step 1

1. Saute garlic in a little olive oil. Be careful not to burn it.

2. Add tomatoes, paste, salt, pepper, basil, water, sugar, and meat if desired. Add baking soda after it comes to a boil to cut acid of the tomatoes.

3. Simmer 2 to 3 hours, covered. Additional water may be added later to thin sauce as desired.

Recipe may be easily doubled or tripled in a large pot. Freeze in quart containers for later use.

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