Martha Stewart's Creamy 5-Ingredient Tomato Sauce Is Better Than Anything From a Jar
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In the past when we thought about making tomato sauce from scratch, some of the images conjured included an ancient grandma wielding a wooden spoon as large as a baseball bat, constantly stirring a 10-gallon vat of sauce that simmers for at least a few hours, elaborate secret ingredients thrown in here and there to create the ultimate marinara. And while we have a feeling that the mystery sauce of our brain would be scrumptious if we had a chance to taste it, the reality is that it’s pretty simple to make a delicious tomato sauce at home that will blow any jarred sauce out of the water, and even Martha Stewart agrees. No baseball bat-sized spoon needed.
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Though Stewart has developed her share of finnicky recipes, some of our favorites are actually the simplest. Take the meals from her One Pot cookbook — they’re weeknight-friendly, but full of fresh and complex flavors.
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Her 5-ingredient tomato sauce is no different. Stewart shared how to turn a can of whole peeled tomatoes into a sweet, savory, and tangy sauce that perfectly coats pasta, gnocchi, meatballs, and more, and it’s so simple, you’ll wonder why you suffered through mediocre store brand sauce for all these years.
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Stewart’s easy tomato sauce recipe starts with sizzling garlic in butter and olive oil, then adding the can of tomatoes to the pan after you’ve chopped them up in a food processor or using an immersion blender.
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It simmers for about a half hour, then gets finished with heavy cream. The cream helps balance the acidity of the tomatoes, and also adds a subtle richness to the mouthfeel of the sauce.
The ingredients used to make it are much less expensive than a jar of premium sauce at the store, which these days can reach up to $10 for a single jar. Pair with a box of pasta and a shower of Parmesan, and you’ve made a surprisingly affordable meal that tastes like something you could get at a restaurant.
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