Gilbert’s garden pasta sauce recipe from 1989

Gilbert's garden pasta sauce (1989)

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Full of veggies, this red pasta sauce recipe came from a fireman named Gilbert, by way of Hunt’s tomato sauce, back in the ’80s.

Gilbert’s garden pasta sauce

Gilbert always makes his sauce with Hunt’s. Because it always comes out better that way. Something folks have known for 100 years.

The guys at the firehouse think Gilbert should do his sauce a little more often. Make it for your family, and they’ll feel exactly the same way.

Gilbert's garden pasta sauce (1989)

Gilbert's garden pasta sauce

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 28 ounces canned Hunt's whole tomatoes, undrained and crushed
  • 16 ounces canned Hunt's tomato sauce
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen mixed vegetables (broccoli flowerets, cauliflowerts, diagonally-sliced carrots, bamboo shoots)
  • 2 cups chopped prosciutto ham
  • 1 cup grated fresh Romano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon each: oregano, basil, rosemary, salt and firmly-packed light brown sugar
  • Hot cooked mostaccioli pasta


  1. In large saucepan, sauté onions and garlic in hot oil 5 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; bring to boil.
  3. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 1938mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 5gSugar: 20gProtein: 27g

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Retro recipe -Gilbert's garden pasta sauce (1989)

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