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Tomato Sauce Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Yield:  Enough for 1 pound of pasta


  • 2 pounds medium tomatoes (about 10-12), peeled and cut into large chunks [instructions below]
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
  • Kosher salt


  • Heat olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, cut sides down, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes (including all their juices) and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the sauce thickens, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, scoop out onion and discard. Stir in basil and parsley and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Using an immersion blender, pulse a few times to break up large chunks of tomato. Process it longer for a smoother sauce. You can also do this in batches with a stand blender.
  • Season to taste with salt if necessary.
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