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Simple + Delicious Tomato Sauce

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Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Tomato Sauce


  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Cups yellow onion medium dice (this is about 1/2 a large onion or 3/4 of a small onion)
  • 4 Anchovies
  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 Garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 28 Ounces of whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes crushed by hand or 28 Ounces crushed tomatoes
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Cracked black pepper
  • Optional: Crushed red chili flakes a tablespoon of butter


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion and sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions become soft.
  • Add the anchovies to the pan and stir until they break down, about 30 seconds or so.
  • Add the garlic and the tomato paste at the same time, and give everything a big stir to combine the mixture. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the whole mixture starts to caramelize. Season generously with salt.
  • Add your canned tomatoes and their juices to the pan, stir everything around to deglaze the pan, and add another generous pinch or two of salt, and simmer at a low heat for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce has slightly thickened.
  • Season to taste with additional salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and a big pinch of crushed red chili flakes for spice if desired. Throw in a knob of butter at the end and toss to combine if desired.
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