Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion


I have been curious about Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce for ages (here’s the link to her cookbook, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking).  It does call for a lot of butter, but considering that I usually include copious amounts of sausage, bacon, or meatballs in my tomato sauces, I had no excuse to modify the recipe by using less butter.

The verdict?  It was very sweet and delicious, and subtly different from any other tomato sauce I have made before. The onion was amazing, too!

Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
(Adapted from Marcella Hazan)

32 oz can of whole tomatoes, roughly chopped
5 T butter
1 onion, peeled and halved
kosher salt

Put the tomatoes, butter, and onion in a medium-sized pot. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a simmer, then simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally, breaking the tomatoes up with a wooden spoon. When it’s ready, you will see drops of fat floating on top of the tomatoes.

Remove the onion, then salt to taste.

Serve over prepared pasta.


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