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Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onions

Updated: Aug 7




If you have been following along with me on social media it will be no surprise that outside of formulating skincare, I am a beloved DIY-er/homesteader. At a very young age, I learned to make most anything.


I came across this recipe last year (via Food52) and will make it forever moving forward. Right now I have tons of tomatoes coming. This recipe is a great way to use them along with preserving your harvest for winter. I make a large batch of this sauce and then freeze it in small containers. Ingredients 

For the Sauce

  • 2 pounds fresh, ripe tomatoes, prepared as described below, or 2 cups canned Italian tomatoes, cut up, with their juice

  • 5 tablespoons butter

  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut in half

  • Salt to taste

I used fresh tomatoes, so I will share that process.

  1. The blanching method: Plunge the tomatoes in boiling water for a minute or less. Drain them and, as soon as they are cool enough to handle, skin them, and cut them into coarse pieces. I added mine to an ice water bath.








For the Sauce

  1. Put the fresh tomatoes in a saucepan, add butter, onion and salt; cook uncovered at a very slow, but steady simmer for about 45 minutes, or until it is thickened to your liking and the fat floats free from the tomato.

  2. Stir from time to time, mashing up any large pieces of tomato with the back of a wooden spoon.

  3. Taste and correct for salt. Before tossing with pasta, you may remove the onion (I leave the onion pieces in the sauce) and save for another use, but many opt to leave it in. You can then serve with freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese for the table. I opt to freeze the sauce in containers.


This is BY FAR my favorite tomato sauce. I have canned pasta sauce traditionally but will probably just make it this way moving forward. It feels empowering to grow and preserve your own food, especially at a time when some items may have limits at the grocery store. I encourage you to try this recipe. You will be so happy when winter arrives and you have this one hand. Also, here is a picture of one of our rescues~ Butter. We often call him Butter Sauce and it looks like he may have gotten into the sauce in the this photo :)

Comment below with any questions!

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My name is Maria. I am passionate about skincare. It is my mission to be your most trusted source for healthy skin. Ingredients mean everything. My approach to creating skin care is with mindful intention. Selecting ingredients is part intuition and part education.

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