Portuguese Sauce Recipe

Portuguese Sauce
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Ratings (9)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 1 Quart (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
48 Calories
0g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Portuguese sauce is a hearty tomato sauce made with sautéed onions, garlic, tomato concassé and parsley.

Tomato concassé (pronounced "conk-a-SAY") is a fancy culinary term to describe tomatoes that have been peeled, seeded and roughly chopped. Here's a demo on how to make tomato concassé.

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 of tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups tomato concassé
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
  • dash kosher salt (to taste)
  • dash pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, sauté the onions until they're translucent, about 5 minutes.​

  2. Add the tomatoes and garlic and continue to sauté until the tomatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.​

  3. Add the tomato sauce, bring to a simmer and reduce for about 10 minutes.​

  4. Season with the salt and pepper and serve right away.