Smitten Kitchen’s Homemade Tomato Sauce

I’m so domestic, it hurts. It seriously hurts.

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever be the kind of person to make tomato sauce. It sounded hard and complicated – but I came across this recipe from Smitten Kitchen the other day and it sounded pretty foolproof – so I decided to give it a go!


My latest culinary adventure revolves around 3 simple ingredients – a 28 oz. can of whole peeled tomatoes, one yellow onion and 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter.

Sounds easy right? Well, let me just tell you – IT WAS!


And the best part is the easy preparation. The only slicing and dicing required was to take this yellow onion:


And slice it in half.


I also had to open the can of tomatoes, but I hardly count that as cooking!


Add the butter and halved onion into a pot.


And then top it with the tomatoes.



Then you put the lid on your fancy shmancy new All Clad saucepan – a gift from my Uncle at our Engagement Party!


Isn’t she beautiful?



And you let the heat take over the sauce! Bring everything to a simmer and then leave the heat on low for about 45 minutes.


Your sauce will start to bubble and look like this:


It will also make your kitchen smell amazing.


Jackson was intrigued by the amazing smell so he came to help me in the kitchen.


I think the little guy wanted some sauce!


After about 45 minutes on the stove, my sauce started to look like sauce!


I was like a proud mom stirring this sauce!


While the sauce continued to simmer I made some pasta – I went with Bucatini – I had never tried it before but it looked pretty so I went with it for my first homemade sauce attempt.



The thick strands have a hollow core.



The sauce became ready at the same time as the pasta – it was a match made in heaven!

The Smitten Kitchen recipe involved taking out the entire onion, but mine broke up a bit in the sauce so I took out some of the bigger pieces and left the rest in. I don’t think the extra bits of onion in the sauce affected the taste in any way – I actually liked the flavor.


The pasta was ready to be sauced!


I added a few meatballs to the mix and we had ourselves a lovely little meal.


The sauce was out of this world. So tasty and delicious. I loved every bite.


I think I loved it even more because I made it! I am so proud of my sauce!


Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it?


If you are looking for an amazingly easy, super tasty home made sauce – this is it!


What do you think of this recipe? Have you ever made homemade tomato sauce before?

Feel free to share posts/recipes in the comments section! I can’t wait to see what you have created!


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  • Reply Jackson August 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    yum yum

  • Reply Patty O August 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I’m impressed – you are SO domestic! You made making your own sauce so easy, I need to try it. A treat for your hubby tonight!

  • Reply Alicia @ AliGirl Cooks August 3, 2011 at 8:05 am

    This looks so easy and delicious! I’ve been looking for a great sauce recipe and I think I just found it 🙂

  • Reply Hope August 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’ve always wanted to try and make my own sauce but I’ve been intimidated. This looks delicious and easy! I’m going to have to try it! 🙂

    • Reply theoncominghope August 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      That looks lovely. Ahhh ambition. Instead I give you this:

      Not your grandma’s recipe! Perfect tomato sauce with minimal effort and maximum fun:

  • Reply Marisa August 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Mmm…this looks good.

    The closest I’ve gotten to making my own sauce was for ratatouille.

    I stewed fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh basil separate and then added the vegetables. I think it would have been just a good with just the sauce!

    Do you make your meatballs too? I love making my own with ground turkey: super healthy and super tasty!

  • Reply John Crapster August 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you so much Leslie for using the sauce
    pan. I think i saw some knives in the photo too.

    Uncle John

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