Simple Butter and Tomato Sauce

Simple Butter and Tomato Sauce

(From How to Cook Italian by Giuliano Hazan)

Makes enough for 1 pound dried pasta

2 pounds ripe tomatoes or 3 cups canned whole peeled tomatoes with their juice

6 tablespoons butter


1 medium yellow onion

  1. If using fresh tomatoes peel them. Coarsely chop the tomatoes and put them in a sauce pot.  Place over medium heat, add the butter, and season with salt.
  2. Peel the onion, trim away the root end, cut it in half, and add it to the pot. When the tomatoes begin to bubble, lower the heat to low and simmer until the tomatoes are no longer watery and the sauce has reduced, 30-45 minutes, depending on the size and shape of the pot.  The sauce will cook faster in a larger, wider pot.  When the sauce is done you should not see any more liquid in the pan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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