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Thread: Tomato Sauce for pasta and pizza. I will never buy bottle sauce again.

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    Tomato Sauce for pasta and pizza. I will never buy bottle sauce again.

    I was recently given this recipe and was told it was top secret. So don't tell anyone. LOL Use it for spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, any recipe that calls for tomato sauce. My DH said it was the best and my grands lick the bowl when I put it on spaghetti and before they wouldn't touch a tomato. They are 4 and 6.

    1 large can whole peeled tomatoes with liquid. Whole tomatoes are better tasting.
    1 peeled medium onion cut in half
    1 stick of real butter

    Simmer all together uncovered for about 45 minutes, mashing tomatoes every so often. I use a potato masher. Remove onion, salt to taste. That's it. Add nothing else.
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    Sounds yummy. I'm sure the stick of butter helps!!
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    That is Marcella Hazen's recipe. She was a well-known Italian cook and her books are amazing. She has since passed and her books are sometimes hard to find.

    I love that recipe and use it whenever I can.

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    Did you ever try doing this with your own fresh tomatoes? This sounds like the way my grandmother did it. Of course, that was 60-70 years ago, her tomatoes all came from the garden or the basement, where she had shelves full of her fresh canned vegetables, including, whole tomatoes, tomato juice and tomato sauce (which she made with onion and butter).

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    That does sound great! And I "promise" I won't tell anyone.
    (Does writing it down for them count?)

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    Am going to try this with the canned tomatoes and with my garden tomatoes. It sounds awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    Sounds yummy. I'm sure the stick of butter helps!!
    Definitely! .... for we all know, "Everything is Better with Butter!"
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    I have never put butter in my tomato sauce. I cant even imagine it.

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    My DIL makes it this way and she and my son love it. They are both vegetarian so he no longer eats the sauce I've made his whole life. When they come home I make marinara which we all love but I want to try this one. We're seeing the kids this week and she's going to make it. Sounds really good!

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    Isn't it funny how sometimes the simplest recipes are the yummiest? I can't wait to try it. Thank you for the recipe.
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    Hmmm, where is the garlic? What about herbs like basil? I suppose commercially canned tomatoes have enough salt in them and I suspect the butter would to. But I like my tomato sauce with a lot more gusto than that recipe. I make my own from tomatoes I grow myself. I chop and leave the onions in it (rather than removing it) and I add lots and lots of garlic (from the local garlic farm) along with peppers (bell or Italian frying and usually throw in a hot one too) also from my own garden or the farm stand if I don't have enough. I saute the peppers onions and garlic in some olive oil then put in the tomatoes and let it cook all day. Lots of fresh basil (also from my garden) and a bay leaf along with salt and pepper. I too will rarely buy commercial jarred sauce because I am spoiled on my own. I cook it one day and can it the next. So far this year I have done over 40 quarts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    That is Marcella Hazen's recipe. She was a well-known Italian cook and her books are amazing. She has since passed and her books are sometimes hard to find.

    I love that recipe and use it whenever I can.
    Thank you for the info. The person who gave me the recipe said it was given to her by a successful caterer. I will look for the cookbooks.

    Found the one considered the best by all the reviews on Amazon. Thanks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Needles View Post
    Did you ever try doing this with your own fresh tomatoes? This sounds like the way my grandmother did it. Of course, that was 60-70 years ago, her tomatoes all came from the garden or the basement, where she had shelves full of her fresh canned vegetables, including, whole tomatoes, tomato juice and tomato sauce (which she made with onion and butter).
    Last year, when my neighbor had too many tomatoes and was complaining that he didn't know what to do with them, I made him some of this tomato sauce with his tomatoes. I am not sure if I did the right thing or not, as this year he hasn't given me any of his tomatoes. He probably used them all making pasta sauce.

    Whenever, I have tomatoes that I haven't eaten and I think that it is time to 'do or dump' them, I make the sauce out of these tomatoes. It even works for cherry tomatoes, but you need a lot.

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    There are so many ways to make a good sauce. Not one of my Italian relatives made it exactly the same. I can't use peppers because they bother my stomach. My Mom sometimes puts them in her sauce but not always.
    Plum tomatoes are good to use because they are meaty. I would have a hard time omitting garlic though

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    thanks. printed it out. shuuush!

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    I received the cookbook. I only have three must have cookbooks and this one will be number 4. The other 30 or so are seldom looked at. I've been taking a few at at time to my guild's free table.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
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    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

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    I just slice up San Marzano tomatoes real thin and sprinkle onion and garlic powder, salt, pepper and herbs on it before putting cheese and other toppings on.

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    I so agree what SusieQOH,said about omitting the garlic that I don't think I could do either,,,Love me some garlic

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