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Friday, January 29, 2021

Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

Have you met this sauce yet? Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. Easy, quick, delicious, and only four ingredients. Who needs jarred sauce when you can have a sauce this delicious? 


We had a lovely dinner on Sunday, sharing our table with some friends, some conversation, and of course some good food. One dish I made was Marcella Hazen's now-famous Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. Just so you know all of the reviews you might have read about this sauce are simply true. It is smooth, rich, easy, and delicious!

I chose a simple meal of pan-grilled chicken, baked polenta, along with two vegetable side dishes. Roasted cauliflower and braised Swiss Chard. And of course Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. All the needed ingredients are pantry staples, making this a sauce to return to time and time again. And the best part is, Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter is so good, you will want to!

How to make Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter.

It really is as simple as throwing the tomatoes into a saucepan, adding the chunk of butter and an onion cut in half, along with the suggested brown sugar. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes and that is it! Don't you just love it when something this simple is also this delicious? And yes, there is only one photo, because it is all about how simple to make, this delicious sauce actually is! And too many photos would just get in the way...

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • canned tomatoes
  • onion
  • butter
  • brown sugar
You will also need:
  • medium-sized saucepan
  • kitchen knife
  • cutting board
  • potato masher
Now we are ready to begin!

 
So easy to make, Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter.

Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
adapted from Marcella Hazen
Makes about 3 cups*

1 28 oz can of top quality tomatoes, with juices or 2 14 oz cans diced
1 medium to large onion, peeled then cut in half crosswise
1/2 stick butter
1 T brown sugar (this is my addition, you may certainly leave this out)

Place all ingredients into a medium-large saucepan, if the tomatoes are whole, you will want to cut them up a bit.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 45 minutes. I like to stir at 15 minutes and again at 30 minutes to check that it is not scorching. 

Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter.

Discard onion (or for the frugal-minded like myself, save it to add to your next pot of vegetable soup, just chop and put in the freezer.).

Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter.

For a chunky sauce serve as it, or for a smoother sauce, mash the tomato pieces with a potato masher.

Serve over hot pasta, baked polenta, or even grilled chicken.

PS Marcella says this is enough for one pound of pasta.

Storage options for Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. This sauce will keep three to five days covered in the refrigerator. This sauce would be perfect to make ahead and freeze. 

UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter has been included below. 


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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
adapted from Marcella Hazen
Makes about 3 cups*

1 28 oz can of top quality tomatoes, with juices or 2 14 oz cans diced
1 medium to large onion, peeled then cut in half crosswise
1/2 stick butter
1 T brown sugar (this is my addition, you may certainly leave this out)

Place all ingredients into a medium-large saucepan, if the tomatoes are whole, you will want to cut them up a bit.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 45 minutes. I like to stir at 15 minutes and again at 30 minutes to check that it is not scorching. 

Discard onion halves. For a chunky sauce serve as it, or for a smoother sauce, mash the tomato pieces with a potato masher.

Serve over hot pasta, baked polenta, or even grilled chicken.

PS *Marcella says this is enough for one pound of pasta.

Storage options for Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. This sauce will keep three to five days covered in the refrigerator. This sauce would be perfect to make ahead and freeze. 

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  1. Her sauce is a standard in this house.

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  2. It sounds great and easy too. I'd probably just toss it all in the blender.

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    1. Yep, it makes a lovely smooth sauce as well, thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Marg, it is good chunky right from the pan, or as Claudia states, throw it in the blender for a smooth sauce!

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  4. I love Marcella Hazen recipes but haven;;t tried this one. I can see this being a staple in our house.

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    1. It is so simple to make, and so good, it can be a regular on the table and no one would get tired of it!

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  5. My friend sent us a grocery delivery with all the fixings to make her spaghetti sauce and it was so delicious. I love a good sauce recipe!

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    1. When I made this the first time, I was a skeptic...not any more! Have a great week ahead!

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  6. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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  7. A little late, but - Thanks for sharing at last week's What's for Dinner party! Hope to see you this week too! Enjoy your day.

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for hosting and dropping by to say hello!

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