Marcella Hazan’s Famous Tomato Sauce Recipe

Look no further than this famous tomato sauce recipe. The Marcella Hazan Classic tomato sauce is adored by bloggers and food writers alike. The best part? It only needs four ingredients! It brings a bright and velvety tomato sauce with a richness from the butter. You don’t even need to mince the onion, it’s all hands-off. Enjoy this minimalist and simple yet satisfying recipe. Read about it below.

Yield: Serves 2 to 4


  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, no salt or herbs added
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and cut in half
  • Kosher salt
To serve:
  • Cooked pasta
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese


  1. Place the tomatoes, butter, onion halves, and a pinch of salt in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring and crushing the tomatoes lightly with the back of a spoon occasionally, until droplets of fat appear on the surface of the tomatoes, about 45 minutes. Remove and discard the onion. Serve over hot pasta with Parmesan and black pepper, if desired.

Source: Get Pocket

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