Three Ingredient Tomato Sauce

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This came from the Nicholas Sparks "True Believer" novel. In the novel, Lexie made her grandmother Doris' Italian recipe for Jeremy. Jeremy loved it and so did my own husband. And, this is so easy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pour both large cans of tomatoes into the pot.
  2. Add the whole stick of butter.
  3. Skin both onions, cut off the ends, and cut in half and put in the pot.
  4. Stir with a long wooden spoon, bring to a boil, then set the heat on low and leave on for 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Pour over your favorite pasta and top with fresh-grated Parmesan cheese.


Most Helpful

Just a comment. This did not work for me with fresh tomatoes. Marcella Hazan's similar recipe with canned tomatoes does work very well and we like it a lot. Don't know why it should be different unless it's because canned tomatos are much thicker and have a stronger flavor. This recipe is identical to True Believer Tomato Sauce.

Jezski September 18, 2009

I made this sauce also after reading 'True Believer.' It is excellent! Especially good on homemade potato gnocci. I found out that this recipe is originally from Marcella Hazan, who's recipes can't be beat. Wouldn't change a thing!

andylynn May 01, 2008

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