Wednesday, October 21

My Italian Red Sauce Recipe

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Italian sauce is a hot and tangy creamy creation that goes with anything Italian, well almost.  Whether it’s poured over minced meat /vegetable balls or any form of Italian pasta – spaghetti, tortellini, ravioli, agnolotti – the Italian sauce is an accompaniment that lends flavour and a striking red appeal.  It is not only easy to churn but gooey on the taste buds too.

Do try out this Italian red sauce recipe which I discovered after a couple of failed trials.

Italian Sauce Recipe

Italian sauce is an accompaniment that lends flavour and a vibrant red appeal to almost any Italian dish. Goes best with Italian pasta - be it spaghetti, tortellini, ravioli, agnolotti, This recipe is my version of the sauce, which tastes close to the authentic Italian red sauce.


  • 1 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp ajwain
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • A pinch orange red colour
  • 4-5 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • Water (for grinding)
  • Water (for cornflour paste)
  • 3-4 tbsp oil
  • Salt (to taste)


  • Coarsely chop the onion, tomatoes chillies, ginger & garlic without any water, then grind in 3 short spurts.
  • When ground, check if water is required to grind it into a puree.  If so, add just a few teaspoons of water & grind with 3-4 medium spurts
  • Take a small saucepan, heat it over medium-high flame, then add oil, followed by ajwain.
  • Soon after add the onion-tomato-chilli-ginger-garlic puree and fry by stirring.
    (The oil gives it a red hot saucy look & velvety feel).
  • Then add some red chilli powder, stir in well.  Sprinkle some orange-red food colour.  Turns out a fiery red.
  • Separately mix some cornflour with a few teaspoons of water to make a slurry and add to the sauce.  Now the colour turns to a scarlet red.
  • Finally add salt.  Followed by tomato ketchup.  Turn off the stove and keep aside to cool. Store in an airtight jar (preferably glass) and use when required.

Dress this close- to-authentic Italian red sauce over noodles, or rice or even enjoy it with snacky sides.  It’s an Italian sauce from scratch, but I assure you it’s a sensory delight that will leave your palate with a lingering feeling of goodness.


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Carmelita is an Economics major and is employed with a private sector bank. She holds a diploma in journalism, but that's not the reason for her creative writing skills exhibited in a few freelancing feature writing assignments with a leading daily and also her blog. Her blog falls under the Top 25 of the Best Mumbai Blogs to Follow, by ranking. She has an eye for offbeat travel, having visited seven continents and seeing more than what meets the average eye. Though not a cook per se, her tips on smart cooking are a thing to reckon in her food and cocktail recipes. As if this is not enough, she dabbles now and then in studio singing assignments which have gained her a sizeable fan following. That she is an avid reader is but natural, with a bent for literary classics which in turn have lent its influence in her blog writing panache.

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