Friday's Fixin's: The Sauce (Again)

No less than 5 times last week, I told people about one of my all-time favorite recipes: The Sauce. We have it on Sundays and call it “Sunday Sauce.”  I wrote about it last year and feel compelled to share it again (Silver Lining, I hope!).

A friend (who quickly became a bestie after telling me about this recipe!) told me about it.

“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!).

Boy, oh boy, am I ever glad I tried this three-ingredient wonder.  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.

After Sweetly Six had it for the first time, she said, “The Sauce is Boss.” Seriously.

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!

Image from SmittenKitchen

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).

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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