How To Make A Fabulous Italian Red Sauce In 3 Easy Steps

Adapted from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan

—One 28-ounce can whole plum tomatoes (Cento San Marzano or Muir Glen Organic), tomatoes roughly chopped with their juices
—5 tablespoons salted butter
—1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved

Heat a heavy, medium saucepan over medium heat. Add all of the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat to low to keep a steady simmer. Cook for 45 minutes, or until droplets of fat float free of the tomatoes. Stir occasionally. Separate the softened onion and use pieces as a garnish. Serve over cooked pasta.

Add Italian Sausages, meatballs, or grilled chicken to make a more hearty dish.

Yum!

Question: What is your favorite easy recipe?

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22 Responses to “How To Make A Fabulous Italian Red Sauce In 3 Easy Steps”

  1. Wow, thanks!
    That looks easy and sounds good.

    My favorite easy recipe is …
    Saute in oil:
    chopped onions, garlic, peppers

    Add: (equal sizes)
    1 can black beans (rinsed and drained0
    1 jar salsa

    Simmer:
    until you are hungry

    Serve:
    with corn chips or cracker
    over spinach or mixed greens
    over rice

    Enjoy!

  2. I haven’t had a good, simple, tomato based pasta dish in a long time, and your post has motivated me to do make it again.

    I love simple cooking, and write about it on my food blog (which I update far too infrequently). One of our favorite simple recipes is pasta with garlic, thyme, and anchovies. The short version is this: Barely cook some crushed garlic and anchovies in olive oil, along with some fresh thyme and crushed red pepper flakes, until the anchovies collapse. Stir in some cooked angel hair pasta or linguini, along with a big squeeze of lemon, then top with some chunky bread crumbs which you have toasted in olive oil in a pan.

    The (only slightly) longer version is here.

    If you haven’t read any Nigel Slater, I think you would like him. All of his recipes are simple and great. Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries are his best books.

  3. Black label burger:

    >Clarify some butter

    >Caramelize onions in the clarified butter

    >Put a lot of sea salt and ground pepper in your beef, use the best organic stuff you can get your hands on.

    >sauté in clarified butter. turn over every 30-40 seconds and drizzle more clarified butter, salt and pepper each time to you turn it over. Please don’t over cook it. Let it rest under a cover of some kind for a couple minute.

    >Put it on a toasted kaiser roll with the caramelized onions only

  4. Well. Just a big old YUM! Its what’s for dinner. Thanks!

  5. I may be biased, but my wife makes the best sauce (She’s 100% Sicilian). You can get the recipe here:

    http://sylviacaruso.tumblr.com/post/6254665336/tomato-sauce

    It’s awesome and its not hard to make.

    If you want to complicate things, check out her recipe for eggplant parmesan:

    http://sylviacaruso.tumblr.com/post/6734454980/eggplant-parmesan

  6. Thank you for a real Italian sauce recipe! Too many Americans think what they make is Italian…but couldn’t be farther from the truth. You got it goin’ on! Simple. Delicious. Grazie mille! The key to making it authentic is to not add too much sauce and toss well before serving.

    My recent fav:
    Saute` a diced onion in good olive oil. Add ceci (garbanzo beans) and walnuts and saute` until hot. Add to truly al dente pasta (most people think they know what this means…they do not) and toss with a good pesto. Follow with a salad made from fresh ripe tomatoes chopped coarsely and tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt. Mmmm….

    I also love this salad made by an Aussie friend: Toss chopped tomatoes, red pepper, zucchini, cucumber, steamed beets, garbanzo beans, and corn with a handful of mixed baby greens and dress with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt. Super yummy!

  7. I may be biased, but my wife makes the best sauce (She’s 100% Sicilian). You can get the recipe here:

    http://sylviacaruso.tumblr.com/post/6254665336/tomato-sauce

    It’s awesome and its not hard to make.

    If you want to complicate things, check out her recipe for eggplant parmesan:

    http://sylviacaruso.tumblr.com/post/6734454980/eggplant-parmesan

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