Italy is right at the top of my travel bucket list, and I’ve been researching and planning a possible adventure for Michael’s and my 30th birthdays. In the spirit of Italy, I decided that I would begin my planning process with a simple, yet delicious tomato sauce. When I read this recipe, it seemed like it was probably too simple to taste like much of anything. I was mistaken.It is a deliciously pure flavor, with a wonderful texture to it. Added bonus: it was so easy and so inexpensive to make. (More money for my vacation fund!)
Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onions
Credit: Smitten Kitchen
28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes from a can (preferably San Marzano)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium-sized yellow onion, peeled and halved
Salt to taste
Put the tomatoes, onion and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring the sauce to a simmer then lower the heat to keep the sauce at a slow, steady simmer for about 45 minutes, or until droplets of fat float free of the tomatoes. Stir occasionally, crushing the tomatoes against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat, discard the onion, add salt to taste and keep warm while you prepare your pasta.
Serve with spaghetti, with or without grated Parmesan cheese to pass.