Three Hour Tomato Sauce

    3 hours 10 minutes

    Time creates a rich and flavoursome tomato sauce, this three hour version can be used with pasta, as a condiment or ingredient in other recipes.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 2 teaspoons dried basil
    • 250g beef neck bones
    • 1 (800g) tin tomato puree
    • 1 (800g) tin stewed tomatoes
    • 2 (170g) tins tomato paste
    • 3 cups (750ml) water

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:3hours  ›  Ready in:3hours10min 

    1. In a large saucepan saute onion, garlic, oregano and basil in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
    2. Add the neck bones and let simmer with the lid on until the onions are transparent.
    3. Once onions are clear, add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste and water. Cover and simmer for several hours.
    4. Before serving remove neck bones and discard.

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    Just as all the other reviews say, this is THE basic red sauce recipe. It's great as is, and it's also versatile: add a lot of chopped flat-leaf parsley in the last hour; add bay leaves at the beginning (making sure to fish them out at the end!); add chopped fresh basil in the last hour; add red wine at the beginning and boil off the alcohol; throw in a rind of hard cheese. I would add one teeny suggestion: canned tomato sauce is already pretty cooked, and this is a long-cooked sauce. You may want to use whole peeled tomatoes, which you can either dice and use with the liquid, or whirl it in the blender. It's no big deal, but it is a far less-cooked product, suitable for long cooking in the recipe.  -  19 Apr 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Oh,boy,oh,boy,oh boy is this sauce good, no, wonderful! LIke so many other cooks, I can't resist a couple of little additions. I added a bunch,yes, a buch of chopped Italian parsely, some crushed red pepper flakes, and a pound of chopped mushrooms. Also, add a big pinch of baking soda to the sauce during the first hour of simmering. This makes for a very mellow, flavorful sauce. Make this sauce. It is the BEST!  -  11 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    excellent sauce, but use hearty bones if you intend to cook this in a crockpot, the neck bones fell apart and were almost impossible to remove from the sauce. a real winner!!  -  23 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)