This is one of the most complimented Italian foods that I make regularly, and my secret shame is that it’s dumb-easy. Real homemade tomato sauce is always better than store-bought, and I bet you could get it into the pan and cooking before your significant other could make it to the store and back to buy some pasta sauce.
Let’s be clear, I didn’t invent this recipe. This is from the late Italian-home-cooking genius, Marcella Hazan. I felt that there was absolutely no need to improve upon perfection. The only changes to her tomato sauce that I made are leaving the onions in the sauce, and adding a speck of MSG to make up for the lower umami of canned tomatoes, compared to fresh.
Note: if you are making this recipe using a super basic pantry, substitute the San Marzano tomatoes for regular diced tomatoes. It won’t be as fantastic, but if you are using the super basic pantry we’re in survival mode anyway.