Ditto on the Sclafani's. I just tried them for the first time, and they are quite nice. I can't get them locally, and normally use SMs, which also have a great strong, sweet tomato flavor, but are chunkier. The Sclafani's were great right out of the can. I didn't have to do anything except add spice. There are two different brands though. The one packed by Don Pepino is the right one.
I use a small amount of fresh basil in my sauce, with a pinch of sugar and salt, and little dried garlic and oregano. It works for me. The only time I've had a sauce where the flavor went away or morphed into something I didn't like, there was olive oil in it. So for me, I don't do oil.
The other thing I started doing, because the SMs are so expensive, is only making enough sauce for whatever I'm making, such as a half pie, or small pie. That way if I don't like the outcome, I haven't wrecked a whole can. I can separate some out, taste it and decide what to do with it. I freeze the rest and thaw it in the fridge whenever I need to use it. It's been working for me.
Your recipe sounds good. I've tried the Walmart tomatoes, so I don't know what they taste like. I tend to think that you get what you pay for, but the Sclafani
s are proof that a good sauce can be had without the $3.69 price tag of the SMs.