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Catholic Recipe: Plain Tomato Sauce


  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 6 ounces can tomato paste
  • #2 1/2 can Italian plum tomatoes, strained
  • 3 cups water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 bay leaf (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (optional)


Serves: 6

Prep Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+

Origin: Italy


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This is a basic meatless Italian tomato sauce. Sicilian in origin.


Sauté onion in oil in enamel or stainless steel saucepan until soft. Add tomato paste, strained tomatoes, and water. Stir until well blended, add seasonings, and cook uncovered over low flame until thick, about 1 hour. Enough for 1 pound any kind of pasta.

Recipe Source: Mama Mia Italian Cookbook: The Home Book of Italian Cooking by Angela Catanzaro, Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1955