5 from 4 votes

Sugo finto - The vegetarian version of a meat sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine Tuscan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 4
Author Gabriella Ganugi


  • 1 red onion
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 sprig of parsley
  • 4 or 5 sage leaves
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 glass of red wine
  • 400 g of peeled tomatoes


  • Make a battuto: mince carrot, onion, celery, parsley, sage and rosemary, then sautée over low heat for about ten minutes with enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom of a saucepan.
  • When the vegetables are golden, pour in the red wine and let it reduce on low heat.
  • Add the pureed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Stir carefully. Cook over low heat for about 45 minutes, until dense and flavourful.
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