Simple Tomato Sauce

gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, lactose-free  |  contains milkfat

adapted from here and here


This is my very favorite tomato sauce recipe.  Growing up I disliked tomato sauce.  My mom would prepare pasta and dress it with butter and garlic powder.  I would eat my pasta plain, while the rest of the family enjoyed theirs with Prego marinara sauce.  Even as an adult, I don’t enjoy most red sauces.

This isn’t really a marinara sauce: there are no herbs or spices, there’s no garlic.  While I love garlic and Italian herbs in other dishes, this simple tomato sauce is perfect as is.  When I’m tasting the sauce for salt at the end, I have to keep myself from eating it by the spoonful—that’s how good it is!




  • 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. clarified butter or ghee**
  • 1 large white onion, cut in half
  • salt to taste


  • Combine tomatoes, butter and onion in a medium saucepan
  • Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer
  • Simmer 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until onion is soft and the sauce is desired consistency
  • Remove the onion, discard
  • Salt to taste

**The original recipe calls for butter, which is delicious.  Feel free to substitute if you can tolerate lactose.


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