Sharon Antoniak Recipe

By Sharon Antoniak Chez7695

4 with Pasta
15 Min
2 Hr
Stove Top

When ever I make this family recipe tomato sauce it reminds me of my grandma's kitchen when I was a young girl. We always went to grandma's for Sunday dinner and being Italian we always had pasta and meatballs.

You can adjust the amount of herbs you add to the sauce to make it your own. The longer you cook it the better it gets. If the sauce gets too thick you can always add a little water to it. Add a half a cup of light cream and make a pink sauce.

This is a favorite of my family and friends.

I hope you enjoy it.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This sauce really hits the mark - with just the right amount of herbs and delectable, tomato-y kick.

TIP: We served the sauce over baked chicken breast for a killer improvised chicken Parmesan!


3 lb
ripe plum tomatoes cored peeled and seeded or 1 35 oz can peeled italian plum tomatoes in puree. lightly crush, with their liquid.
6 oz
tomato paste, italian
2 c
1/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
1 small
onion (chopped)
carrot, grated
2-3 clove
garlic, fresh minced
bay leaves
basil leaves, finely cut or 2 teaspoons dried
sprigs fresh parsley, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried
1/2 tsp
oregano, dried
salt and pepper to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Crush tomatoes as fine as possible if they are whole.
In a medium to large size sauce pan pour olive oil and finely chopped onion and carrot, sauté until soft. Add minced garlic. Cook briefly not to burn garlic. (Garlic turns bitter if over browned)
Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste with 2 cups of water. Stir. Add remaining ingredients.
The sauce should simmer for at least 1 ½ - 2 hours with lid partially covering pan. Stir occasionally to prevent sauce sticking to the bottom of pan. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian

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K Wynn Katwyn100
Feb 28, 2014
PS: Ooops! I meant... as lucky as I do to have experienced a lifetime of having enjoyed recipes virtually the same as Sharon has posted here!
K Wynn Katwyn100
Feb 28, 2014
This is all that sauce (of if you prefer calling it gravy)should be! It's an absolutely authentic Italian Tomato Sauce recipe. You'd be hard pressed to come across a sauce as good as this at most restaurants today, but this is the type of sauce that arrived in the U.S. through the portals of Ellis Island and launched Italian cuisine straight into the very heart of American culture! If you're reading this--do yourself and your family the big favor of making this sauce along with the meatball recipe Sharon has also posted, because this is the real thing. All those big Italian families depicted in movies and on tv shows, the ones who congregated every Sunday for dinner at their Mom's or Grandmother's without fail--try this sauce and the meatball recipe and you'll begin to get an inkling of what had brought those big families together week after week, for generation upon generation! I'm actually of Irish extraction, but had experienced Italian family meals from my earliest of memories thanks to a great deal of Irish and Italian familial inter-marriage, so Italian food became as much a part of my heritage as the corned beef & cabbage introduced to the starving Irish immigrants by New York's immigrant Jews. Try Sharon's recipes, and you just may feel as lucky a I do!
K Wynn Katwyn100
Feb 28, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Bob Cooney - Shaklee Distributor firemanbob59
Dec 12, 2013
Ooooooo Meat Balls YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS waiting with a hungry heart... :)
Sharon Antoniak Chez7695
Dec 12, 2013
Thank you Nancy. I actually made a gallon batch this morning! I would be happy to post our families meatball recipe. Watch for it.

Merry Christmas and the seasons blessing to you also.