Sunday, May 8, 2011

Simplest Tomato Sauce

This post is for all of my friends who think that they can't cook because it is a.) too hard or b.) too time consuming.  This tomato sauce recipe results in a sauce that could be served in a restaurant, but it takes no prep time and absolutely no skill!! :-)

I originally found the recipe at Smitten Kitchen, but it has been circulating the web for some time. 

First, get your ingredients: canned tomatoes (the best you can afford, as they make up the taste), a medium yellow onion and butter or vegan margarine--I've used both with great success.

Then, put them in a pot! Simmer for 45 minutes.  You can either pay attention and smash the tomatoes up as you go, or forget about the pot and smash them all up at the end.  Again, I've done it both ways. :-)

Finally, taste and salt, if needed--the butter and tomatoes are often salted, so be careful not to over-salt.   The sauce is then ready to serve.  I've served it with spaghetti and over steamed or roasted vegetables, however, my favorite use was over pan fried polenta.

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Simplest Tomato Sauce
The easiest tomato sauce recipe around.
  • 1 28oz Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes (San Marzano)
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion
  • 5Tbs Butter or Vegan Butter
1. Peel the onion and cut it in half. 2. In a medium pot simmer tomatoes, butter, and halved onion over medium-low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally while gently smashing tomatoes. 3. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. Smash to desired consistency and serve immediately.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4

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