A Classic Creole Sauce

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
30 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 30
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 422mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 306mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Creole sauce is a spicy tomato sauce made with sautéed onions, green peppers, and garlic, and seasoned with cayenne pepper.

Note: This recipe calls for 1 quart of the classic tomato sauce, which is one of the five so-called mother sauces of the culinary arts. You could instead use 1 quart of basic tomato pasta sauce, which is easier to make.


  • 1 quart tomato sauce

  • 3/4 cup chopped onions

  • 3/4 cup chopped celery

  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Cayenne pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, sauté the onions, green pepper, celery, and garlic until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the tomato sauce, bay leaf, oregano, and lemon zest. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes.

  3. Remove bay leaf, season with the salt, pepper, and cayenne and serve right away.