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Tomato sauce

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Tomato sauce  is any of a very large number of sauces made primarily from tomatoes, usually to be served as part of a dish (rather than as a condiment).

Tomato sauces are common for meat and vegetables, but they are perhaps best known as sauces for pasta dishes.

Tomatoes have a rich flavour, low liquid content, very soft flesh which breaks down easily, and the right composition to thicken into a sauce when they are cooked.

These qualities make them ideal for simple and appealing sauces.

The simplest tomato sauces consist just of chopped tomato flesh (with the skins and seeds optionally removed), cooked in a little olive oil and simmered until it loses its raw flavour, and seasoned with salt.

Water (or another, more flavourful liquid such as stock or wine) is often added to keep it from drying out too much. 

Onion and garlic are almost always sweated or sautéed at the beginning before the tomato is added.

Other seasonings typically include basil, oregano, parsley, and possibly some spicy red pepper or black pepper. Ground or chopped meat is also common.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (244g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 90Calories from Fat 4
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18.1g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Sugars 10.3
Protein 3.2g
Vitamin A 17% Vitamin C 53%
Calcium 3% Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Tomato sauce is usually found in the pasta section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Tomato sauce is a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does tomato sauce weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 244

In Chinese:番茄酱
British (UK) term: Tomato sauce
en français:sauce tomate
en español:salsa de tomate

Recipes using tomato sauce

There are 1244 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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