Mama Leone's Italian Tomato Sauce (Good for Many Uses)
190 mins (prep 10, cooking 180)
12 ingredients
10 servings
I grew up across the street from a real Mama Leone—an amazing Irish woman who had an Italian husband and a live-in Italian mother-in-law who taught her to cook. This awesome recipe was a neighbourhood favourite. It has been equally popular with everyone who has ever tasted it. It is an all-purpose Italian sauce. I usually make it for spaghetti and have added optional instructions for that purpose. Without the meat, it is vegan friendly. It's also a good pizza sauce base. You can add other herbs, spices and vegetables if you like, but we have always kept it simple. That's why once it was a lifesaver for a friend who is allergic to garlic. The sauce freezes extremely well.

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  • 16 ounces tomato sauce (puree)
  • 16 ounces tomato paste (concentrate)
  • 80 ounces water (that's five cans of water from the tomato cans you've used)
  • 3 teaspoons salt (the original recipe called for six, but that is way too salty these days)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (some friends who make this insist they need to use more cinnamon. i have a very good quality cinnamo)
  • 2 dried hot red chiles (you can substitute chilli flakes about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 2 lbs lean hamburger (optional)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (optional)


Serving Size (416.62 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 341.03 Calories from Fat 119.88
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13.32g 204.97%
Saturated Fat 4.68g 234.07%
Trans Fat 0.74g %
Cholesterol 42.64mg 142.13%
Sodium 1114.11mg 464.21%
Total Carbohydrate 39.44g 131.47%
Dietary Fiber 3.39 g 135.65%
Sugars 17.12 g %
Protein 18.06g 361.12%
Vitamin A 888.34IU% Vitamin C 13.11mg%
Calcium 122.71mg% Iron 4.44mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
red chiles, lean, medium onions