Simple Tomato Sauce


So, about this tomato sauce. It really is just 3 ingredients. You’re going to say to me “where’s the garlic?”, “where are the herbs?”, or many other questions that summarize: “That’s it?”  This is it, guys. Deal with it, and thank me after you smell your kitchen. It does take some time to simmer, but by the time you get your pasta ready and have a cup of tea – you’re in business.

1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes, and juice
(San Marzano style tomatoes, if possible. When the tomatoes are the star, they better be good ones)
1 yellow onion, quartered
5 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan
  2. Bring to a gentle simmer. Slowly simmer for 45-60 minutes, breaking up the tomatoes on the side of the pot.
  3. Remove the onion pieces as best you can. Now, throw these onions out if you must, BUT, they are delightful. We have put them on meatball sandwiches. Post on this to come.


Seen above with homemade whole wheat pasta.

Smitten Kitchen
Annie’s Eats


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