The Gleeful Gourmand: Easiest Spaghetti Sauce Ever!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Easiest Spaghetti Sauce Ever!

And now it's time for a little confession, although if you read the last post, you probably already know it: Before about 4 months ago, I had never made my own spaghetti sauce. I'll wait for the gasping to subside. In truth, it was always so much easier to get a jar of my favorite organic mushroom sauce and dump it in a saucepan. Then one day I was reading an interesting article in Bon Appétit (of course) about making your own meatballs (also something I've never done). Tacked onto the article and the lengthy recipe for the meatballs was this recipe for spaghetti sauce. It was so stupidly simple that I knew I had to try it.

That was the best decision I've made in a long time as far as food is concerned! I was rewarded with a fantastic tomato taste with tons of flavor, and a certain richness without having to use cream. The sauce does end up a little "watery" or "soupy", so if that's not your style, I would encourage you to skip the step with the immersion blender. I use a potato masher and give it a very quick, rough mash. I also use Promise butter instead of real butter to cut down on the calories and unhealthy fats, but you can use whatever you like.

Spaghetti Sauce

2 28-oz. cans whole peeled tomatoes in juice, drained, juice reserved, tomatoes finely chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 medium onions, peeled, halved through root end
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine tomatoes with juice, butter, onions, and salt in a large wide pot. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard onions. Using an immersion blender (or masher), process sauce briefly to break up any large pieces of tomato (texture should be even but not completely smooth). Season sauce with more salt and freshly ground black pepper.

One more note - I also find that it needs no more salt than what's listed above - especially since most canned tomatoes already have salt added in. Enjoy!


Kirsten Oliphant said...

Butter! Who'd have thought? I'll have to try it! I have one that I love and have been kind of playing with for years. And by playing with, I mean that I never measure, so it's different every time. I'll have to send it to you, and I plan to try this one! Rob is all over the butter.

Kirsten Oliphant said...

I just posted a tribute to you (and my recipe) on my blog!

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