Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe: Sugo Recipe


Sugo Recipe


If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, you know that a good tomato sauce is the heart and soul of many a classic dish. Sugo, also known as Italian tomato sauce, is a versatile and delicious sauce that can elevate your pasta, pizza, or meat dishes to new heights. In this blog post, we share an authentic sugo recipe that will transport your taste buds to Italy. Get ready to savor the rich flavor and aroma of this homemade tomato sauce.

Sugo Recipe Ingredients: 

(Measuring cup used = 240ml)

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 can (400 g) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)

Sugo Recipe Instruction:

Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and fry until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Add the minced garlic and fry for another minute till the aroma emanates. Be careful not to let it burn.
Step 3: Add finely chopped carrots and celery. Sauté for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are soft and lightly caramelized.
Step 4: Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste to the saucepan. Shake well to mix all the ingredients.
Step 5: Sprinkle Dried Oregano, Dry Basil, and Sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Shake it well.
Step 6: Lower the flame and let the sauce simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour. This will meld the flavors and thicken the sauce.
Step 7: After simmering for an hour, taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary. If you prefer a smoother texture, you can use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree the sauce until smooth.
Step 8: Once the Sauce Has Reached Your Desired Consistency and Taste, Remove It from the Heat. Let it cool slightly before using or storing it in a jar.

Step 9: Serve Sugo over your favorite pasta, use it as a base for pizza or as a sauce for meatballs. Garnish with fresh basil leaves for an extra touch of freshness and aroma.

Sugo Recipe Advice:

  • For a more intense flavor, you can add a little red wine to the sauce while roasting the vegetables.
  • If you prefer a spicier sauce, you can add a pinch of red chili flakes or finely chopped chilies.
  • This recipe yields about 2 cups of sauce. You can easily double or triple the quantity if you want to make a larger batch.


There is something truly magical in homemade tomato sauce, and sugo is no exception. This authentic Italian tomato sauce recipe brings together simple yet delicious ingredients to create a sauce that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Whether you’re enjoying it with pasta, using it as a pizza base, or adding it to your favorite Italian dishes, this sugo will add an authentic touch to your culinary creations. So grab your apron and get ready to embark on a delicious Italian adventure in your own kitchen.

Note: the sugo recipe has been adapted from traditional Italian cooking methods and ingredients, ensuring an authentic and delightful experience for your taste buds.

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