July 25, 2021


Quite a few readers have called the Bangor Daily News, wanting to make Dan Manzo’s now-famous tomato sauce. Unfortunately, we left out the can sizes for the tomatoes. The full recipes – with the correct measurements – follows.

The Manzo Family Tomato Sauce

3 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes

1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

1/4 cup olive oil

1 medium to large onion

1 medium to large green bell pepper

1 teaspoon garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon basil

1 tablespoon parsley

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1 pound steak tips or hamburger or other meat

1 dash sugar, to taste

Place olive oil in a large pot with chopped onion and green peppers. Add garlic and simmer until onions are caramelized. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Add seasoning. Cook meat in a separate pan and then add to the sauce. Let simmer 6 to 10 hours (Manzo often simmers his as long as 14 hours). Then taste! Mmmmmmm!! Mama mia!

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