I know what you are thinking... How can a simple 4 ingredient sauce be the best sauce ever? I am sorry to admit that I usually buy my tomato sauce. It is such an easy nice thing to have on hand. I have made crock pot sauce, stove top sauce and it has been good but a little labor intensive and not really that much better than the jar sauce. I know it is healthier, but sometimes you just don't have time for all homemade. In fact, I had jarred sauce in my cupboard when I went to make a baked pasta dish the other day. When I was looking on line for a good pasta bake recipe I landed on one that included this tomato sauce.
The blog post raved about the richness, smoothness and deep flavor of this sauce. It looked so simple and I had all the ingredients, because who doesn't have 1 onion, salt, butter and a can of tomatoes? Evidently this is a true Italian recipe by Marcella Hazan from a cookbook called Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
|Photo courtesey of The Kitchn where I found this great recipe!|
So here it is! The simplest tomato sauce recipe you will ever make that give you rich, full flavor, mouth watering results!
Marcella Hazel's 4 Ingredient Tomato Sauce Recipe
1 onion cut in half
1 28 oz. can plumb tomatoes
5 Tablespoons salted butter (I did not use all 5 Tablespoons, and it was still delicious)
Salt to season to taste. ( I like sea salt)
Throw all of the ingredients into a pot and simply simmer this concoction for 45 minutes or so on the stove top. The butter adds an incredible richness and really brings out a deep flavor in the tomatoes. Now Marcella says to remove the onion all together. I tasted it and it was delicious! However, I decided to leave it in for the added nutritional benefit and just used an immersion blender. Now prepare to be amazed! INCREDIBLE!
That is it! You can memorize this classic recipe and have a quick fix for any night you are in need of a quick supper. Just toss this over whole grain pasta, or add to any recipe calling for tomato sauce. I would imagine this would be great to make in large batches and can! Then you can have the convenience of jarred sauce and all the goodness of homemade taste! Let me know what you think! Have any simple recipes we should know about? Share them in the comments. Thanks!