5 Ingredients or Fewer

Flavorful Five Ingredient Tomato Sauce

Photo by Becca Jacobs
Author Notes

Adapted from Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce With Onion & Butter.

The original recipe is beautifully simple & I tried not to take away from that.

I made one technique change, pulsing the tomatoes in a blender in lieu of chopping, this made clean up easier as tomato leakage is inevitable on a cutting board.

Next, the recipe, I tested butter for Ghee, which was an oily mess! Then shallots instead of onions, which added nothing.

Finally, I added in a splash of fish sauce and we had a winner! The fish sauce added umami and flavor depth without complicating a simply delicious recipe.

@ostreetkitchen - Becca Jacobs

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 1 Medium Peeled Onion
  • 28 ounces Canned Peeled Tomatos
  • 5 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • salt as you like
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Open canned tomatoes and pour into a blender or food processor. Pulse 2-3 times, depending on how chunky you like your sauce. Set aside.
  2. Cut onion in half, with the root and stem on either side. Cut off root and stem, peel onion skin off and discard.
  3. Heat a sauce pan on medium and combine the tomatoes, the onion (cut side down), 5 tablespoons of butter, and 1 tablespoon of fish sauce in the pan.
  4. Keep at a gentle simmer for 45 minutes, stirring periodically.
  5. Take off heat, remove onion, and toss with pasta of choice or store for future use.

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