DeFalco's Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

8 cloves fresh garlic, minced 

1 medium onion, diced 

3 to 4 fresh Italian sausages, casings removed 

One 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand 

One 28-ounce can tomato puree 

One 28-ounce can tomato sauce 

One 8-ounce can tomato paste 

1 cup fresh basil, roughly torn 

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 cup marsala wine

1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 

1 tablespoon kosher salt 

1 tablespoon sugar 


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, sausages and onions and cook until lightly brown.
  2. Add the crushed San Marzano tomatoes and 1/2 can water, bring to a simmer. Add the tomato puree, 1/2 can of water and simmer again. Repeat with the tomato sauce, again adding 1/2 can of water and bring the sauce to a simmer. Add the tomato paste and cook through.
  3. Add the basil, parsley, marsala wine, pepper, salt and sugar into the pot and stir. Simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring frequently.