Salsa di pomodoro… Tomato Sauce!

{also known as Salsa Semplice— Simple Sauce}

This is the first type of sauce my mom taught me how to make. Every good Italian Mamma has a version. Here’s mine:

andsayhello Gnocchi alla sorrentina with Salsa Semplice Tomato Sauce, Casagiove,

Salsa di Pomodoro - Tomato Sauce

This is the first type of sauce my mom taught me how to make. Every good Italian Mamma has a version. Here’s mine:

Servings 4 people
Author Patricia from CASAGIOVE


  • 1 28 oz. can whole peeled San-Marzano tomatoes blend in blender just a bit to break them up
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 3-4 leaves fresh basil with the stalk
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 generous pinch or two kosher salt
  • olive oil extra virgin; enough to coat bottom of pot and then add a bit more


  1. In a medium heavy-bottomed pot or pan, heat olive oil on low heat. Add salt and red pepper flakes. Add sliced garlic. Stir with wooden spoon. 

  2. When garlic is just barely golden (watch it carefully & start over if it burns!), add tomatoes. Rinse out can with a bit of water and add to the sauce. Stir. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.

  3. Toss with 1 lb. of pasta and top with a little Parmigiano-Reggiano and some basil for a quick and easy dinner, use as a base for your pizza creations or as a dipping sauce for breads. It can also be used for Eggplant Parmigiana or Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. The options are endless!

Recipe Notes

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Shopping for and preparing meals with family in Italy was a beautiful experience— one that I dreamed about sharing with my community in Dana Point, California. CASAGIOVE, recipes & notes, is the expression of that dream and I'm so happy to share it with you!


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