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It’s touted as the World’s Best Pasta Sauce recipe, yet it is so incredibly simple to make! Created by renowned food writer and chef Marcella Hazan, once you’ve made this easy, 3-ingredient tomato sauce to serve tossed with fresh pasta, you’ll never make another tomato pasta sauce recipe again!
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How can you get any better than a recipe that promises to make the World’s Best Pasta Sauce? And it has only three simple ingredients.
Who is Marcella Hazan?
If you love pasta and Italian cooking, you have most likely encountered Marcella Hazan. As instrumental in introducing Italian foods to America as Julia Child was with French cuisine. Her cookbook, “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking,” (Amazon affiliate link), is a must-have for culinary libraries.
David Sipress, writing for “The New Yorker,” says Marcella Hazan changed his life. As a self-admitted transformed “terrible cook,” he writes, “All I had to do was follow her instructions to the letter, and success was pretty much guaranteed.”
Of the cookbook, he explains, “Her recipes are consistently clear and straightforward, enabled me to overcome a lifetime of insecurity in the kitchen. She just made it all seem so easy.”
And it all began with… the sauce.
“This is the simplest of all sauces to make, and none has a purer, more irresistibly tomato taste,” Sipress writes. “I have known people to skip the pasta and eat the sauce directly out of the pot with a spoon.”
A simple, 3-ingredient sauce, and 45 minutes to simmer.
Marcella Hazan’s most important rule for making her World’s Best Pasta Sauce:
Never cook a tomato sauce in a covered pan, or it will end up being “bland, steamed, weakly formulaic.”
Well, there you have it. That is the secret to success with this delicious sauce, as well as your three simple ingredients!
What You Need to Make This Tomato Pasta Sauce
An uncovered pan, obviously! But also a can of whole, peeled tomatoes (they provide a better texture and tend to have a better flavor than the chopped varieties), an onion, and butter.
Butter is the secret to this delicious sauce, so you should use the best you can get, preferably European butter. And you’ll need a bit of salt to season the sauce.
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World’s Best Pasta Sauce with 3 Ingredients
- 28- ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 onion peeled and halved
- 5 tablespoons of butter
- a pinch of salt
- Add the tomatoes, halved onion and butter into a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered, with an occasional stir.
- After 45 minutes, toss out the onion halves, season to taste with salt and pour the sauce over your favorite pasta. It really is that simple!
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