Ammoglio Sauce is an easy Italian tomato sauce that is light with tons of flavor. The main components are fresh or canned tomatoes, garlic, lemon and herbs. This delicious sauce is featured on the menu at a local metro Detroit Italian restaurant, Pop’s for Italian, on a fantastic Cedar Roasted Feta appetizer. My daughter had the appetizer when out with friends and raved about how incredible it tasted. That is when I researched and tested Sicilian tomato sauces and landed on one that is featured here. This recipe is so flexible that it can be customized for individual tastes.

roma tomato sauce pureed with herbs on wood board in white ramekin

What is Ammoglio Sauce?

Ammoglio, also known as Amogio sauce is a Sicilian tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes commonly used on chicken, beef, pork, and pasta. It has a bright, light flavor with a tang from the lemon (acid) and slight heat from the crushed red pepper. It is so versatile that it can be served cold or at room temperature.

Ammoglio Sauce Ingredients

  • Roma Tomatoes or Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Herbs and Spices
sauce ingredients on marble top including roma tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, spices and lemon

How to Make Ammoglio Sauce

  • Prepare Tomatoes. Cut tomatoes in half and remove seeds. Roughly chop into 1/4-size pieces.
  • Heat Saucepan. Using a medium-sized saucepan and medium heat. Heat extra virgin olive oil and garlic.
  • Add Tomatoes. Continue to mix while also slightly crushing the tomatoes with the back of the spoon.
  • Add lemon juice, dried herbs, and spices. Mix and continue to cook covered over low heat.
  • Pulse the Sauce. Slightly pulse the sauce to blend and break down the tomatoes into a crushed consistency.
  • Ready to Serve. You can serve it immediately, cool it down, and refrigerate it for a few hours to continue building on the flavor profiles.

Tips and Notes

roma tomato sauce pureed with herbs on wood board in white ramekin
4 from 2 votes

Ammoglio Sauce Recipe

Ammoglio Sauce is an easy Italian tomato sauce that is bright and has tons of flavor, featuring fresh tomatoes, garlic, lemon, and herbs.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
30 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 toppings



  • 1 1/2 pounds Roma Tomatoes, chopped around 3 large or 14.5 oz of Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Fresh Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Oregeno dried
  • 1 teaspoon Basil dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper Coarsely Ground


  • Roughly chop tomatoes with seeds removed. The size is generally 1/4 inch square.
  • Using a medium-sized saucepan, heat up over medium heat. When ready, add 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil and the chopped garlic. Cook for about 1 -2 minutes, making sure to stir and watch the heat so it does not burn.
    chopped garlic in iron skillet
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to the saucepan with the garlic and olive oil. Continue to mix while also pressing the diced tomatoes to smash and blend for the sauce. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice, dried herbs and spices, mix and continue to cook covered for 15 minutes on low heat.
  • Remove from heat and add sauce to mini Food Processor. Add the extra tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Slightly pulse to blend and break down the tomatoes into a crushed consistency.
    tomato sauce in mini food processor
  • You can serve it immediately or cool it down and place it in the refrigerator for a few hours to continue to build on the flavor profiles.
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