Epic Tomato Sauce

tomato sauce

Easy and Delicious Tomato Sauce                 Serves 4-6


Recipe by: Arlene Jacobs (adapted from Marcella Hazan)


This delicious tomato sauce is very versatile and great to have on hand.  Think of the many ways you can use it, such as in a soup when combined with stock, in a vegetable stew, with beans, rice and of course pasta. It can also be used as a hot dip for cheese sticks or for a great eggplant Parmesan or lasagna.  Double the recipe and store it in several separate containers and have it available for a quick and easy meal.  The olive oil option is available for those who prefer oil over butter and results in a less rich, but still delicious sauce.




2-28 oz. cans .of San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes

8 tbsps. (1 stick) butter or 3 tbsps. olive oil

2 onions, peeled, cut in ½

2 large garlic cloves, smashed

Pinch sugar

½ cup white wine

Salt, to taste



  1. Combine tomatoes, their juices, butter or olive oil, onion halves, garlic and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  2. Add white wine and cook for about 5 minutes. Add salt to taste, and continue to cook on medium heat, uncovered for about 45 more minutes. Add water, if necessary, to attain a sauce-like consistency.
  3. Remove onions and garlic.



Serve over your favorite pasta, rice or vegetables.

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