Sugo Finto

False Sauce

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    6½ cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Cucina Ebraica: Flavours of the Italian Jewish Kitchen

By Joyce Goldstein

Published 1998

  • About

This tomato sauce, called by the Romans sugo finto or “false sauce,” gets its name because it is enriched with chopped vegetables and cooked longer than the first sauce. It is thick and rich and resembles a meat-based sauce, or sugo. Sugo finto may be passed through a food mill for a more uniform texture. Non-Jewish Romans use lard instead of olive oil for making it, and some add meat juices after cooking. In the Italian Jewish kitchen, the sauce may be enriched by meat juices