Not Quite Your Wise Guy Spaghetti Sauce

Sherry Peyton


Years ago the Sicilian owners of a nail shop gave me their family sauce recipe. I've changed it over the years to my own tastes. Their recipe was olive oil, garlic,hot pepper flakes, tomatoes and cheese. The rest is mine. Sauce is a family thing, but this one has just the right sweet/hot ratio for me.


★★★★★ 2 votes

15 Min
2 Hr


  • 28 oz
    best quality canned tomatoes or fresh romas, skinned and seeded
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • 4 clove
  • 1 Tbsp
    hot pepper flakes
  • 2/3 c
    finely diced onion
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    oregano or 2 tbsp fresh
  • 1 tsp
    parsley, or 2 tbsp fresh
  • 2/3 c
    drinkable red wine
  • 2/3 c
    good quality parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp
    sugar (optional) depending on sweetness of tomatoes

How to Make Not Quite Your Wise Guy Spaghetti Sauce


  1. Warm the olive oil in a saute pan and add the onions, cooking gently until translucent. Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, tomatoes.
  2. Using a microplane grate the garlic into the mix.Add dried herbs if using. If using fresh, delay.
  3. Simmer slowly checking every 30 minutes or so until most of the liquid is evaporated and the sauce is quite thick. Add wine.
  4. Continue the simmer until sauce has thickened to the right consistency. Usually about 2 hours in total.
  5. Shut off heat, add the cheese, any fresh herbs, and taste for sweetness and add sugar if desired.
  6. Best if you can let this sit for a hour or two. Reheat slowly, adding meatballs if desired.

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About Not Quite Your Wise Guy Spaghetti Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtags: #spaghetti, #sauce

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