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Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Menus and Recipes | 2 comments

3-ingredient Pasta Sauce


I have been obsessed this year with simplifying my cooking.  As far as I can without eating boring food, at least.

I have a recipe this week that really surprised me.  It is a 3-ingredient recipe for a delicious pasta sauce.  The recipe seems to have originated from Marcella Hazan, the legendary author of some of my favorite Italian cookbooks.

It has 3 ingredients when you cook it, but only two when you serve it, so it almost makes my list of favorite 2-ingredient recipes or 2-ingredient party recipes.

Simple Pasta Sauce

  • 4 cups tomatoes, crushed with their juices included or 2 (28-ounce) cans of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 c (one stick) butter
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in half

Place all ingredients in a pan and simmer 1 hour.  Add salt if you need it (I did not). Remove and discard the onion before serving.

This recipe makes enough for two dinners, and freezes very well. The sauce does not have the deep red color you might be used to, but the butter adds a lot of richness. Don’t put too much in your dish before you taste it.

It was delicious.

I have to admit it tasted even better with some chopped basil on top.


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  1. I love this recipe! Such an easy meal for a busy night, yet good enough to impress guests.

    • I hope you try it! So delicious for ingredients you have in the fridge. I was tempted to put it in the blender and make it into soup.

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