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Momma Colleen's Genuine Italian Pasta Sauce ?

Category: Main Dishes - Pasta

Suitable for a: vegan diet



1 28oz Can Crushed Tomatoes

1 28oz Can Diced Tomatoes

1 Medium Vidalia or other sweet onion coarsely chopped

4 large garlic cloves minced or sliced depending if you like bigger pieces

3 tbs. (approx.) olive oil

1 small handful coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves

dash ground allspice

dash ground cinnamon

dash red pepper flakes

dash dried thyme leaves



For best results, use a large, heavyweight pan that is either non-stick or is not prone to sticking.

Saute' the onions and garlic in the olive oil gently until the onions are translucent. Do not brown the onions or the garlic! Just saute' them until they are soft and translucent.

Add the chopped basil leaves and red pepper flakes and saute' about a minute.

Add the crushed and diced tomatoes.

Stir well, then add the allspice, cinnamon and thyme. (Be careful don't add too much allspice and cinnamon, they are used to round out the flavor but can dominate if you aren't careful!)

Simmer gently for about 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent any sticking.

Then, enjoy on your fav pasta

Additional comments:


This is a simple, light and rustic tomato sauce that Marco Polo must have taught the Chinese or St. Patrick must have taught the Irish because I'm half Chinese and half Irish but can make a pretty decent pasta sauce

Use a good quality canned tomato and you will be rewarded with a better sauce (if you can get fresh tomatoes then peel and seed them and then go for it because with fresh tomatoes this sauce is totally awesome!)

I don't use salt, but if you need to then add some to taste.

This one is easy and the total preparation time is only about 40 minutes with most of that being the 30 minutes that you simmer the sauce!
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