Friday's Fixin's: The Sauce

A friend recently told me about her favorite recipe called: “The Sauce.”

“The Sauce?” I asked. She said it’s the most amazing and incredible and easy recipe you could ever imagine and people loooooooove it. And it’s only three ingredients (yes, three!). Well, with that endorsement, clearly I didn’t have a choice about trying it.

Boy, oh boy, am I ever glad I did.  Geez-Louise. This is a life-changing kind of thing. As in easy-peasy, yummy-yum and drool-inducing. I know it doesn’t sound like much from the recipe (kind of like the perfect dress that doesn’t look good on the hangar, but once you put it on…Wowza!), but just trust me.

The “Sauce” recipe comes via the SmittenKitchen blog.  Smitten is an understatement, I must say. I hope it rocks your world as much as it has mine!

Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onions

Serves 4 as a main course; makes enough sauce to lightly coat most of a pound of spaghetti.


  • 28 ounces (800 grams) whole peeled tomatoes from a can (San Marzano, if you can find them)
  • 5 tablespoons (70 grams) unsalted butter (I prefer to use the Earth Balance vegan butter)
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, peeled and halved
  • Salt to taste


  • Put the tomatoes, onion and butter in a heavy saucepan (it fit just right in a 3-quart) over medium heat.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer then lower the heat to keep the sauce at a slow, steady simmer for about 45 minutes, or until droplets of fat float free of the tomatoes.
  • Stir occasionally, crushing the tomatoes against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  • Remove from heat, discard the onion, add salt to taste (you might find that your tomatoes came salted and that you didn’t need to add more) and keep warm while you prepare your pasta.

Serve with spaghetti, with or without grated parmesan cheese to pass.

As you may recall, I’m a new fan of Tinkyada brown rice pasta because it is high fiber, gluten free, organic…oh, and DELISH (Silver Lining!).  You can buy it at a health foods grocery store (e.g., Whole Foods) or online (e.g., Amazon).

Image from SmittenKitchen

A good upbringing means not that you won’t spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won’t notice it when someone else does.

-Anton Chekhov

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  1. Lori says

    Not quite on topic, but thought I'd pass on a small silver lining. There is an online website that donates pretty scarves to people who are losing or have lost their hair.… . While I have not received my scarf yet, the scarves are pretty looking, young looking, and you're allowed to choose which one they send you. Just thought I'd pass this info out as it was a random comment an ACS rep mentioned to me.

  2. Kim C says

    Thank you, Hollye. I'm a big fan of this sauce as well. FYI – Traditionally the Italians make this sauce with olive oil and add a tsp. of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. Half tsp. of pepper is nice too and a sprinkle of flat leaf parsley or basil is pretty…. only mention it as my husband is Italian and this is a very old recipe. Sorry – this doesn't have the ring of only three ingredients!