Classic tomato sauce

There is the classic recipe of tomato sauce as it was done since Antonin Careme's time. It was a sauce which was thickened with molecules as well as particles. This sauce is a succulent and strong base for various sauces and dishes. It keeps very well and is quite easy to cook.

Recipe for 1 litre of finished sauce:
  • 1.5Kg (2Lb 12oz) fresh tomatoes.
  • 40g carrots.
  • 30g onions.
  • 20g extra virgin olive oil (originally butter was used instead).
  • 1 quarter of a bay leaf.
  • 1 fragment of thyme.
  • 5 sprig of parsley.
  • 30g of bacon (Falcutatif).
  • 30g flour (or 1 small tablespoon of arrow root for coeliacs).
  • 4 dl (1 3/4 cup) vegetable or 3 meats bouillon.
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic.
  • 1 pinch of sugar.
  • salt and pepper
Cut the carrot, onion, bacon (falcutatif),into a mirepoix. Cook it in heavy-bottomed pot until golden brown. Add in the flour and cook gently as for a blond roux.
Halve all the tomatoes and press them to get rid of the water and seeds. Put them in the sauce pan as well as the herbs, the sugar and the garlic. Allow to cook, gently, for 5-10 minutes. Then pour in the bouillon of your choice.
Bring to the boil over high-heat, stirring constantly to avoid it to stick to the bottom of the pot. Then, cover and either put it in the oven at a medium heat (works best as the temperature is more even)or leave it on the range on low-heat stirring regularly for 1h30.
Strain and check the seasoning.
I have to say that I rarely use this recipe. I developed my own recipe to suit my needs in the kitchen.

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Orson Wells
Following my advice, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan.


  1. Who in the holy heavens told you that the Classic Italian Tomato sauce is made with Flour, Thyme, Bacon? and meat Bouillon? As an Italian Chef; I never saw such malpractice to our great cuisine. Get your recipe right.

    Chef. Gianfranco

    on 29 January, 2010  

  2. Yann_Chef said,

    I do not see any malpractice nor lack of consideration towards Italian cooking in this recipe Gianfranco. It is written NOWHERE that it is a classic Italian tomato sauce recipe. This is Antonin Careme's recipe, which is also found in Escoffier's "guide culinaire", therefor a French basic tomato sauce recipe not Italian as you seem to have understood.
    So, maybe read the article fully before commenting on my culinary knowledge. I was trained in France in some of the best places there are : I do know my classics.

    A word to the wise is sufficient.

    on 29 January, 2010