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The Danza family's Date Sauce

Tony Danza and Son Share a Quick Marinara Recipe That's Sure to Impress.

Tony Danza and his son Marc share their recipes.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Actor Tony Danza from the hit TV sitcoms "Who's the Boss" and "Taxi" is now proving he's also a star in the kitchen. Danza and his son Marc recently co-wrote a cookbook filled with 50 recipes and heartwarming stories from the Danza family entitled "Don't Fill Up on the Antipasto."

Check out the Danzas' recipe below for quick or "Date" sauce from their cookbook:

This was my date sauce. My son and I have both used this sauce to impress. Women love men who cook, and if the food tastes great, you will be a hero. Get the picture? It's an easy recipe. It's quick but it will make you look like a gourmet who knows his or her way around the kitchen.


  • 1 can (35 ounces) plum tomatoes with basil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Cooking Directions

    Strain the plum tomatoes in a colander to extract the juice, breaking apart the tomatoes with your fingers. Discard the pulp.

    Rinse the can with ½ cup water and add it to the juice. Warm the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

    Add the onion, garlic and red pepper and sauté until the onion becomes slightly brown, about 4 minutes.

    Add the tomatoes, wine, tomato paste, salt, and black pepper.

    Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.

    Add the basil and simmer for 5 minutes more.

    P.S. To serve, bring 1 pound of pasta (your choice) to a boil and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, put it back in the pot, and add 1 cup of the sauce. Cook for 1 minute over high heat to let the pasta absorb the flavor of the sauce. Mix in the remaining sauce and serve.

    Serves 4-6

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: plum tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, olive oil

    Course: Dinner, Sauces and marinades, Main Course

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