Basic Tomato Sauce

Servings: 2-4
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup finely chopped red onions
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup sweet wine, such as Mavrodaphne or sweet Marsala
1/2-1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 1/2 cups grated ripe tomatoes (about 11/2 pounds) or one 16-ounce can diced tomatoes with their juice
1 cinnamon stick
salt
sugar

Procedure

 

 

Tips
Variations: Add 1-2 springs rosemary, thyme or oregano. To sweeten the sauce, instead of sugar, add ½ cup sultanas or 1 finely grated carrot. Just before serving, add a handful basil leaves, torn with the fingers, to the sauce. To add depth, sauté 2-3 slices of bacon or ½ cup chopped spicy sausage, together with the onions.