Tomato sauce is ubiquitous in the Italian kitchen. It may be used for lasagna, to spoon on pasta rolls or cannelloni, or to toss with the pasta of your choice. The olive oil or butter enrichment gives the sauce a smoother finish in the mouth. If the tomatoes are tart, add a pinch of sugar for balance. Both keep for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Besciamella, the classic cream sauce, is a rich enhancement for pasta al forno.
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