Grandma's Tomato Sauce


2 Tbsp. olive oil

¾ cup onion, chopped (approx. 1 medium)

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 oz. tomato paste

¼ cup red wine

2 cans (28-oz. ea.) whole peeled tomatoes, pureed (preferably San Marzano)

2 Tbsp. coconut sugar

1 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

¼ tsp. ground black pepper

3 oz. Parmesan (or Parmigiano) cheese rind

3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil


1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. 2. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. 3. Add garlic and tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not let tomato paste burn. 4. Add wine; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes. 5. Add tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. 6. Add cheese rind; cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. 7. Remove cheese rind. Add basil; mix well.


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