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3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

This sauce is a mash-up of Marcella Hazan’s famous buttery tomato sauce and the olive oil based sauce my friend Maria’s Nonna used to make. It never fails to amaze me how a few simple ingredients can add up to something so tasty. 

Note: for my three ingredient recipes, I consider oil, salt and pepper “free”


1 medium onion
1 28-ounce can canned whole, peeled tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Cut the onion in half so that some of the root end is still attached to each half. Peel both halves. Put the tomatoes in a heavy saucepan with the onion, olive oil and butter. Bring to a boil over a medium heat, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking the tomatoes up with a spoon.

Remove the onion and discard it or save it for another use such as pureeing into a soup or dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes about 2 cups sauce

Makes 4 servings

Serving size: about ½ cup

Per serving: Calories 162; Total Fat 13g; (Sat Fat 3g, Mono Fat 8g, Poly Fat 2g); Protein 2g; Carb 10g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 8mg; Sodium 424mg

Excellent source of: Vitamin C

Good source of: Vitamin A

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