Patsy's Tomato Sauce

Patsy's Tomato Sauce
Staff Writer
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People visit the renowned Italian restaurant, Patsy's, in New York City for their specialty Italian dishes, and once you try this recipe, you'll see that the real secret is in the sauce. Here, they share their secret with us.

14
Servings
68
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2  Pounds  ripe plum tomatoes
  • 1/4  Cup  olive oil
  • small yellow onion, minced
  • cloves garlic, quartered
  • 2  Tablespoons  dry red wine
  • bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2  Tablespoons  tomato paste
  • 1/4  Cup  chopped basil
  • 1  Tablespoon  chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Remove the stern core from each of the tomatoes, and cut an X on the bottoms. Add the tomatoes to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and allow to cool, then remove the skins, coarsely chop, and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium flame and sauté the onion and garlic until soft and golden, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and tomatoes (with their juices), increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the bay leaves, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard the bay leaves and continue to simmer for 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste (if using) and add the basil and parsley. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Remove and discard the garlic.  

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
4g
6%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
6g
5%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
36µg
5%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
34mg
45%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
17mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
19µg
5%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
15mg
5%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
50mg
7%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
419mg
28%
Water
144g
5%

Tomato Sauce Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Tomato Sauce Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.