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4-ingredient Tomato Sauce

  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


This recipe is adapted from Marcella Hazan’s 3-ingredient pasta sauce and written for a new mom. Cook the sauce in three 10-minute intervals. Set a timer on your phone and walk away. Just walk away with your phone. After 30 minutes, a couple simple ingredients will somehow transform into the best pasta sauce of your life.


  • 28 oz. canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 small sweet onion, halved and peeled
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more for pasta water
  • 8 oz. wheat fusilli pasta
  • fresh basil
  • parmesan


  1. In a large sauce pan, add tomatoes, onions, butter, and salt. Cover and turn heat to medium-high. Set timer for 10 minutes and walk away.
  2. Once timer goes off, stir sauce and turn heat down to medium. Add water and a generous pinch of salt to a saucepan for pasta and turn to high heat. Set timer for 10 minutes and walk away.
  3. Once timer goes off, stir sauce. Add pasta to water. Set timer for 10 minutes and walk away.
  4. Once timer goes off, drain pasta. Discard the onion from the sauce. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, puree pasta sauce until no chunks remain.
  5. Add pasta to plates and top with sauce. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan.
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