Sugo al Pomodoro Recipe – Step by Step Guide

Sugo al Pomodoro Recipe – Step by Step Guide: The BEST Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce (Sugo al Pomodoro)! You will love This go-to, easy, classic, and flavorful tomato sauce recipe! It comes together in less than 30 minutes with only four ingredients.

Sugo al Pomodoro Recipe – Step by Step Guide



  • 1 small onion (yellow or white), chopped or cut into thin slices (depending on preference)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (good quality such as Colavita)
  • 1 28 oz can of good quality whole peeled canned tomatoes (you can also use crushed tomatoes, or passata (tomato puree)
  • 5-6 leaves of fresh basil, whole and washed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste



  • Put olive oil in a big pot or saucepan and heat it over medium-low. Add the onion and cook it for about 6 minutes, until it turns clear.
  • Put in canned tomatoes. After 10 minutes, remove the lid and set the heat to low to medium. The sauce should bubble but not boil. Use a wooden spoon to break up the whole tomatoes. You can also mix it in with your hands.
  • After 20 to 25 minutes, the liquid will start to shrink a little. While cooking, stir every now and then.


  • Take the sauce off the heat and add the basil. To taste, add salt and pepper. You can add a teaspoon of sugar if the taste seems bitter. It’s okay if the sauce isn’t thick enough for you.
  • Just add a tablespoon of good pure tomato paste.
  • You can use it as a sauce for pasta, polenta, gnocchi, and more! Store it in the fridge or freezer.

What To Serve With This Recipe


This tasty tomato sauce goes well with either long or short pasta. Just sprinkle freshly chopped Parmigiano or Parmesan cheese on top. Also, you can dip fresh bread in it to make an easy meal by itself.

You can also put it on Real Homemade Pappardelle Pasta Recipe, BEST Pillowy Soft Potato Gnocchi, or Easy Polenta Recipe Italian Style.

Also, don’t forget to make some simple bread to soak up the extra sauce! Quick Italian Bread That You Don’t Have to Knead, Italian Bread That You Don’t Have to Knead, or Softest Italian Bread That You Don’t Have to Knead.

Here are some more ideas: this sauce goes well with crispy chicken wings. A nice red wine goes well with this sugo recipe as well.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

You can make this sugo recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer, ready to use whenever you want.

Fridge: You can keep tomato sauce that has been made in Mason jars or other closed containers in the fridge for up to a week.

Freezer: The cooked sauce will last for months in the freezer as long as it is sealed in the right container or freezer bag.

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