The Worlds Best (And Easiest) Tomato Sauce

I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen ealier this year and immediately fell in love. The kind of love I normally reserve for desserts. This sauce is incredibly easy to make, I’d call it a lazy mans sauce, yet somehow tastes like it took hours of sweat and tears to make. There are very few ingredients and very few steps in the recipe. I’ve made it a few times and I’ve made only one small change, the addition of a garlic clove.

I think the key to this recipe is its simplicity. And the butter, butter makes everything better. Because of the very short list of ingredients be sure to use good quality ones. If you can get your hands on San Marzano canned tomatoes I highly recommend them. I find them to be more flavourful and less acidic than some of the less expensive ones.

Worlds Best Tomato Sauce

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

  • 1 can peeled whole tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Put the tomatoes in a sauce pot. Crush the tomatoes (I used my hands, this is a lazy mans sauce after all).
  2. Turn the heat on to medium. Add the butter, onion and garlic to the pot. Simmer stirring occasionally.
  3. After 15- 20 minutes, taste the sauce to see if it needs seasoning (many brands on canned tomatoes are already salted). Season if necessary. If the sauce tastes acidic add 1/2 tsp sugar.
  4. Continue to simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes.