“Here is a recipe for a basic tomato sauce made with red wine- great for cheese-filled pastas and relatively easy to make. My fiance also believe this recipe could be prepped in a crockpot and left to sit all day, but I haven't tried that. See the Directions for an alternative spicier version. Enjoy!”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, sweat the chopped onions and garlic in the olive oil over med-low heat.
  2. Add the peeled tomatoes, crushing them with your hands one by one into smaller chunks. Be careful- they squirt all over the place! Make sure to pour in all the liquid in the cans as well. Add all ingredients except salt, cheese, and wine.
  3. Stir all ingredients together. Cover, and increase heat to med-high. Simmer/cook 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the sauce doesn't burn on the bottom.
  4. Add about 1/3 of the bottle of merlot. Add the cheese. Stir, reduce heat slightly and let that cook uncovered for another 15-20 min, stirring occasionally.
  5. Taste and determine if you need salt, and add to taste. For salt with a little tang, add some more cheese, if you have it. Let simmer another 15 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  6. During the last simmering stage, cook your pasta.
  7. Serve over pasta (1 ladleful is gracious plenty). Extra sauce can frozen for up to a month. To reheat, let simmer on low uncovered, stirring frequently so the sugar in the merlot doesn't burn.
  8. *Spicy alternative: For a spicier sauce, use shiraz in place of merlot and add 2 tsp of dried red pepper flakes.

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