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Italian Style Tomato Sauce - To Sugar or Not To Sugar?

treb | Aug 13, 202005:52 AM     36

There's been lots of discussion about preparing a tomato based sauce here on CH, especially since we're cooking a lot more lately.

My family is from about 20 minutes north of Naples. The regional cuisine of my family would never use sugar in a tomato based sauce. In fact, if I were to even attempt to add sugar, I'd be excommunicated from my family!

I always taste the raw tomato product for acidity before beginning the cooking process. I generally use imported whole san marzano tomatoes or, at a minimum, Italian style plum tomatoes. Most times they're never acidic, however if they are a tad acidy or if I use a lesser tomato product, I'll add a few pieces of carrot to the sauce, my family does this. The carrot pieces sweeten it up enough to off set the acid tasting tomatoes. I've been doing this for decades with great success!

So, my question is "Do You Add Sugar To Your Tomato Based Sauce? Any why?

I'll be very interested to hear the differences between our European, UK and other countries compared to here in the USA.

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