Classic Tomato Sauce

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There are some experiences in life that can bring you back to a certain memory. The sounds, smells, touch of something and it brings you back to a nostalgic place. This recipe reminds me of one of those places. I booked a last minute solo trip to Italy and immersed myself in the beauty of Rome and Calabria.

One of my favourite memories was learning to cook authentic Italian meals from a real Senora in her home. Her home overlooked the Tyrrhenian sea and she made the most delicious dishes I have ever had in my life. 

Classic Tomato Sauce

She told me the best way to learn to cook Italian is not by the recipe themselves but the quality of the ingredients you put into it and lots of love.  This is one of those recipes. Just add your favourite pasta. Buon appetito!

Classic Tomato Sauce
Classic Tomato Sauce
Classic Tomato Sauce fresh

Classic Tomato Sauce

Rachelle Newbigging
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 6


  • 1 cup olive oil high quality Extra Virgin
  • 15-20 medium Roma tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves smashed
  • 8-10 large basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp dried aged ricotta Or Parmesan cheese


  • Heat olive oil in a large deep saucepan.
  • Add 4 smashed pieces of garlic (to open up the flavour)
  • Sauté garlic for a few mins, careful not to burn.
  • Add in fresh basil leaves.
  • Cut Roma tomatoes in half, and add to pot.
  • Leave uncovered, bring to a boil.
  • Add in salt, pepper, oregano and hot pepper flakes.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes
  • Boil your own choice of pasta, save 1/2 cup of the boiled pasta water.
  • Add water to pasta sauce and stir. Helps to thicken the sauce.
  • Add in a few more fresh basil leaves and mix through pasta sauce, add to pasta.
  • Sprinkle cheese over pasta and serve immediately.
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  1. Paul on February 23, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Good blog, and you are the most beautiful woman in the world…

    Greetings and blessings from Mexico City.

    • Rachelle Lisa on June 3, 2019 at 2:22 am

      Thank you for all your support Paul! Appreciate you liking my page. <3

    • Rachelle Lisa on April 16, 2021 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks for all your kind words and supporting my blog! 😀

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