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Amazing 4 Ingredient Tomato Sauce

This tomato sauce is also entirely hands-off; you don’t even mince the onion. It’s a great way to knock a meal together with a few cupboard staples. Serve it over pasta with a flurry of cheese, and enjoy tomato sauce with the flair of restaurant richness.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Canned Tomatoes
Servings: 4


  • 1 can whole tomatoes (no salt or herbs added) 28 oz
  • 5 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 white onion peeled and cut in half
  • Kosher salt


  • Place the tomatoes, butter, onion halves, and a pinch of salt in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring and crushing the tomatoes lightly with the back of a spoon occasionally, until droplets of fat appear on the surface of the tomatoes, about 45 minutes.
  • Remove and discard the onion. Serve over hot pasta with Parmesan and black pepper, if desired.