Make This Tonight! Super Easy Pasta Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce, quick sauce

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Super Cinchy Pasta Sauce that is Awesome

adapted from Marcella Hazan, Essentials of Italian Cooking

5 minutes of prep, 40 minutes simmering, serves about 4-5 with pasta.


  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 5 Tbs butter (We use unsalted but doubt it matters)
  • One 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


The short directions:

  • Melt the butter
  • Add the onion, let it cook 2-3 minutes
  • Add the diced tomatoes
  • Simmer for 35-40 min, stirring occasionally
  • Remove the onion, add salt and pepper to taste, serve.

The long directions:

  • Melt the butter over medium heat, (a heavy bottom pot is best).
  • Place the peeled onion cut side down into the pot.
  • Allow the onion to begin to cook in the butter – approx 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes
  • Stir occasionally to mix in the butter and to keep the sauce from burning to the bottom of the pot. (Hint: if it does burn a bit, just stir without scraping up the burned bits into the remaining sauce and call it “smoky tomato sauce”).
  • Once the sauce starts to bubble, turn down the burner to simmer gently for another 30-35 minutes.
  • Taste. Add salt or pepper if you like. Or not.
  • Remove the onion.
  • Serve the sauce over pasta, vegetables, potatoes, polenta etc.

Enjoy! Feed the people real food! Go paint the basement!



8 thoughts on “Make This Tonight! Super Easy Pasta Sauce

      • You might have needed to use a bigger, wider pot so that it could reduce as much as a single batch? It was very yummy, and we had crusty bread with it and just kept on sopping up the sauce – yum! I actually have cookbook that this recipe came from – now I’m inspired to crack it open and use it again. My cooking has become VERY simple to accommodate kids’ palates, but maybe there’s a light at the end of that tunnel…


  1. Hey? Wait a ‘just-smashed-my-thumb-with-a-hammer’ minute, what the what? Is this a trick post? Is the next post about how you salvaged metal from an old swing set and made that pot? LOL.
    I’m *finally* making my rounds (so very tardy) and find you’ve turned to cooking comfort food. How bad is winter in Portlandia this year? 😉
    In all seriousness though, being a vegetarian, I love your chinchy pasta recipe. Simple and rustic is for me. I’m off to work, but have bookmarked HLAG for my return, must see what else you’re banging around with other than pots 😀 x

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