Portuguese Sauce Recipe

  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 1 Quart

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.

What You'll Need

  • 1 quart of ​tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 cups tomato concassé
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) chopped parsley
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How 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.