With only THREE ingredients this Rich Tomato Sauce recipe is so easy to make yet tastes like you are in a fine Italian restaurant. Grab an onion, a can of tomatoes and some butter (yes butter!) and let’s go! Dinner will be ready in under an hour.
Going meatless for a few meals a week is easy with recipes like this plum tomato sauce. Using only a few tablespoons of butter can do some magic when combined with the bite of the onion and the sweetness of the tomatoes.
RICH TOMATO SAUCE
This one is easy, friends! You are so close to this authentic tasting Italian tomato sauce from scratch.
Just assemble your three ingredients:
- can of plum tomatoes
- an onion
- tablespoons of butter
Yes, that is some butta!
Chefs have been adding full on whipping cream to your restaurant pastas, so what’s a few pats of butter spread in to 4 servings.
WHAT ARE THE BEST TOMATOES FOR SAUCE?
In my opinion plum tomatoes are the best for sauce. If you can get San Marzano, I recommend those. San Marzano Italy is home to these deep red, plum-type tomatoes for that rich tomato sauce used in Italian cooking.
It will taste like that old fashioned Italian spaghetti sauce you are craving. Simplicity at it’s finest.
Into the sauce pan goes those plum tomatoes, onion and butter. An effortless trio.
Bring them to a bubbling simmer over medium high heat.
The butter will melt and the onion starts to soften.
Turn the heat down to a low simmer and let cook for about 45 minutes, stirring every so often, breaking up the pieces of tomato, leaving the halved onion in tact.
This is when the magic happens. 🙂
After the 45 minutes is up discard the onion and keep warm while you start on your spaghetti of choice.
WHAT PASTA DO YOU USE FOR THIS RECIPE?
For me it was spelt pasta. It’s easy to cook. Ten minutes in a pot of boiling water, with a small swirl of olive oil to prevent the noodles from sticking to one another, stirring them around pretty frequently.
Drain the pasta and top with sauce. I get four servings out of this recipe.
The verdict? I like this sauce a lot. I totally got a creamy flavour that was reminiscent of a pasta my BFF used to make when we were roomies. She trained as a chef so naturally it contained the ever popular whipping cream. With just that amount of butter, a real silkiness was achieved.
I can see why it is so admired by many food bloggers.
The spelt spaghetti was super good. I somehow managed to cook the noodles perfectly and they were the right amount of ‘al dente’. It’s a great substitute for the white, refined stuff.
Something else I loved? Dinner was made in under and hour. Nice. A fantastic choice if you are searching for meat free meals for families.
This ones in the vault.
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*Originally posted May 15, 2013. Updated February 23, 2020*
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Rich Tomato Sauce – Only THREE Ingredients
- Place all ingredients into a saucepot and bring to a bubbling simmer.
- Turn the heat down and let simmer over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, breaking up tomatoes with the back of the spoon.
- Discard the onion and serve the sauce over your pasta of choice. I liked spelt spaghetti with this recipe.