An exact recipe is hard to pin down: We measure tomatoes by the case, not the pound; basil is measured by the bushel. The sauce is ready when my grandmother gives the nod, so the timing is never quite the same. Simmer for the time specified in this scaled-down version or until you're happy with the consistency (about 40 minutes at most). You can also blend the tomatoes and strain to remove the seeds.

Maria Plateroti ("Nonna Mia")
Recipe by Cooking Light August 2016


Credit: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Jessie Baude

Recipe Summary test

1 hr
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Rinse tomatoes well with cold water. Quarter tomatoes, removing and discarding the cores.

  • Place tomatoes in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until tomatoes are softened, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat.

  • Line a colander with cheesecloth or a single layer of paper towels; strain tomatoes. Pass tomatoes through a food mill fitted with a fine disk and set over a bowl, or run them through a food processor fitted with a grating disk. Return tomato puree to pan over medium-high heat; bring to a vigorous simmer. Cook 20 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Stir in salt. Remove from heat.

  • Place basil sprig in a clean 16-ounce glass jar. Add sauce to fill jar; seal and store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

61 calories; fat 0.7g; saturated fat 0.1g; mono fat 0.1g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 13g; fiber 4g; iron 1mg; sodium 317mg; calcium 35mg.