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!



Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Photo courtesy of PCC Natural Markets

You may think this is a bit of a digression for Hammer Like a Girl, but IT’S NOT! Lunch together is one of our favorite things about this gig. We made these lettuce wraps last week and they were so amazing we wanted (just had to) share them. The recipe is here, along with a library of healthy meals and snacks. I love this website, it’s super user friendly and is a great resource. Just don’t ask me to pronounce Hoisin sauce.

HLAG (or HAG for those sarcastic/self deprecating souls like us) is fundamentally a way to connect with friends in this sometimes isolating and mad rush world of America. (Is it the same in other countries? We would be curious to know!) We highly recommend grabbing a few friends and tackling anything that draws you together, if you feel over-scheduled already try thinking of things that you may need to do regularly anyway: like grocery shopping/farmer’s markets, or gardening, or even housecleaning. Or, how about some fun stuff like visiting every museum in your town, movies, exercise, composting (my personal favorite), sampling every coffee shop…we just happen to like brainstorming/designing/remodeling houses. Then, once you’ve figured it out, girlfriends it will be time for lunch!

Do you have a regular get together with friends? Dish! We would love to hear about it 🙂