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    The Simplest Tomato Sauce Ever (Marcella Hazan)

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    Cook Time:

    50 mins

    5 mins

    45 mins

    MarraMamba's Note:

    In its very simplicity lie the secrets. This sauce is incredible. It has 3 ingredients, and no chopping. The amateurgourmet calls it Marcella Hazan's CRAZY tomato sauce. This is not your thick pasty sauce, it is a light luscious wonder. Add garlic or basil or mozzarella to it as you choose but try it this way first. The butter..DON'T switch to olive oil, it makes the sauce.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Combine the tomatoes, their juices, the butter, and the onion halves in a medium saucepan.
    2. 2
      Add a pinch or two of salt. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, at a very slow but steady simmer, adjusting the heat as necessary, for about 45 minutes, or until droplets of fat float free from the tomato.
    3. 3
      Stir occasionally, mashing any large pieces of tomato with the back of a wooden spoon. Taste and salt as needed.
    4. 4
      Discard the onion.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 31, 2013

      55

      Reasons for the 5 star: Tasted great. Inexpensive.<br/>I enjoyed the flavor immensely. It did not taste like tomatoes out of the can to me - I've made enough sauces that have. <br/>In this time of needing to extend our budgets - a can of tomatoes plus a little butter made into a great meal? Who can complain?

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    • on December 08, 2012

      45

      I really enjoyed this sauce - it's light and a bit plain, but that's what I enjoyed most about it as the sauce was not the focal point of my meal. Definitely something easy to throw together on a weeknight. Thanks for sharing!

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    • on November 05, 2012

      55

      I had a ton of yellow tomatoes that hadn't turn yellow yet after the weather turned cold so I brought them into the house to vine ripen. After cooking them I put them through the food mill. To this I added the butter, garlic and onion salt, oregano, basil, salt, parsley and cayenne pepper. I simmered this for several hours. I like my sauce a little thicker so I added some cornstarch to just thicken enough to coat the spoon. Wow was this good. The secret is definitely the butter. I usually add a couple Tablespoons of butter to my gravies and soups but never thought of adding it to the tomato sauce. Thank you so much for posting. I promised next time I'll make it as written.

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    Nutritional Facts for The Simplest Tomato Sauce Ever (Marcella Hazan)

    Serving Size: 1 (172 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 171.4
     
    Calories from Fat 132
    77%
    Total Fat 14.6 g
    22%
    Saturated Fat 9.1 g
    45%
    Cholesterol 38.1 mg
    12%
    Sodium 284.8 mg
    11%
    Total Carbohydrate 10.4 g
    3%
    Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
    6%
    Sugars 5.6 g
    22%
    Protein 1.6 g
    3%

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