Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Real Easy Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion
I saw this recipe on a blog called Rachel Eats. It originally was adapted from Marcella Hazan’s The essentials of classic Italian cooking. I adapted it a tad further, see recipe below.
Serves 4
  • 28oz tinned whole San Marzano tomatoes (used chopped tomatoes)
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion cut in quarters
  • salt to taste
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • 5-8 basil leaves julienned
Peel the onion and chop it in quarters.
Put the tomatoes, onion, and butter in a heavy based saucepan and put the pan on a modest flame.
Allow the sauce to reach to a gentle simmer, adjust flame if necessary so the sauce cooks at a slow but steady simmer for 45 minutes. You need to stir every now and then, gently squashing and crushing the tomatoes against the side of the pan with a wooden spoon. (I didn't have to do this step because I used crushed tomatoes. The original recipe says to discard the onion after the sauce is cooked but I left it in for extra flavor!)
Add salt, crushed red pepper, and basil and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and use on your favorite pasta dish.
I imagine this would be great for a pizza sauce, an eggplant parmesan recipe, etc. The ideas are endless!


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