So, apparently I am the among the last people on the planet to find out about this incredibly amazing, incredibly easy tomato sauce. When I think of all the many years of my life that have gone by without having this sauce, it makes me want to hide under the covers. But as they say, better late than never, and now I get to make up for lost time. Silver lining!
If you, like me, haven’t heard of this great great great sauce, here are the key things to know.
First, it tastes AMAZING. I might have mentioned that. Second, it only involves three ingredients and less than an hour of cooking.
Ingredient number one: tomatoes. You can use fresh (which is how I made it) or you can use canned. Which means you can make it all year round. Which I plan to do.
Second ingredient: an onion. You peel it and cut it in half and let it simmer in the sauce…but then you take it out at the end, so you are just getting a subtle taste of it.
Third ingredient? BUTTER. Because everything is better with butter.
Not THIS much butter, but this was the picture I had of butter, so I thought what the heck. It gets the point across.
So there you have it – tomato, onion, butter. Simmer for 45 minutes, then take the onion out and toss it. If you like your sauce chunky you are ready to roll. If you like it a little smoother, you can do what I did and give it a whirl with the immersion blender. Boil up some pasta and ladle it on. You can sprinkle on some parmesan cheese and fresh pepper if you want, but you don’t have to. Honestly, you almost don’t even need the pasta.
So, with thanks to the amazing Marcella Hazan, here’s the world’s best tomato sauce. Get ready to rock your pasta.