The Best Tomato Sauce in the World!

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


It’s hard to believe that the recipe for the best tomato sauce in the world has only three ingredients, but it’s true! Make it today and never go back!


  • 2 pounds fresh, ripe tomatoes, peeled and roughly chopped, or one 28 ounce can imported Italian tomatoes, cut up, with their juice
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Put either the prepared fresh tomatoes or the canned in a saucepan, add the butter, onion, and salt, and cook uncovered at a very slow, but steady simmer for about 45 minutes.  Stir from time to time, mashing up any large pieces of tomato with the back of a wooden spoon.
  2. When it is done, scoop out the onion and discard (or better still, save it to eat or stir into soup!)
  3. If you like your sauce smoother, whirl it with an immersion blender, or pour carefully into a regular blender and blend.
  4. Taste and and add more salt as needed, and then toss with your favorite pasta.  Throw out all other tomato sauce recipes.


You can peel fresh tomatoes by cutting a shallow X in the bottom of each tomato, plunging them into boiling water for one minute, scooping them out with a slotted spoon and then peeling with a paring knife when cool enough to handle.