Nalbone Family Recipes

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Chunky Tomato Sauce for Lasagna

Recipe PictureSource: America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook 3rd Edition (pp 239-240)

Servings: 8

Start to Finish Time: 25 minutes

Note: Although this sauce was created specifically for lasagna, it tastes great over regular pasta.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef, optional
  • 8 ounces ground pork, optional
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. (Add 8 ounces (85 percent lean) ground beef and 8 ounces ground pork and cook, stirring to break up the clumps, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.)
  3. Stir in the tomatoes with their juice, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Yield: 6 cups

Cuisine: Italian

Copyright: (c) 2010 by The Editors at America's Test Kitchen

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 230 Calories; 14g Fat (53.1% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 42mg Cholesterol; 506mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Fat.

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