The $10 Food Day: Amazing 3-Ingredient Pasta Sauce Recipe

Amazing 3-ingredient pasta sauce recipe. How can 3 simple ingredients taste this rich and good? Click to find out.

I’m not a pasta person. I’d much rather have pizza, soup or a sandwich. But this particular pasta sauce has made me a believer.

Don’t be fooled. While there are only three ingredients in this cheap pasta sauce recipe – tomatoes, butter, and onion – you would never know it. It’s rich, creamy, and full of flavor. That’s why I call it amazing 3-ingredient pasta sauce.

This recipe – which has been making its rounds on the Internet – was originally developed by the Italian cook and writer Marcella Hazan. I discovered it on one of my favorite recipe blogs, Savoury Table.

The Cost

  • Large can of tomatoes = $1.68
  • Butter (5 tablespoons) = $.55
  • Onion (1/2 large onion) = $.20
  • Pasta (1 pound) = $.88

Total cost for four people = $3.31

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Cheap recipe tip: Buy a bag of onions, instead of individual ones, for ultimate cost savings.

Amazing 3-ingredient pasta sauce recipe. Marcella Hazan recipe. Click through for recipe.

This recipe is part of the $10 Food Day series, which features four recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack) that will feed a family of four for less than $10 – for the entire day. View the other $10 Food Day recipes:

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Amazing 3-Ingredient Pasta Sauce Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Cook Time: 45 min

Total Time: 55 min

Not into pasta? Use this delicious sauce like you would use marinara sauce: On pizza, as a breadstick dipper, or in a casserole.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion (cut straight down the middle)

Directions:

  1. Place tomatoes, butter, and onion half in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 45 minutes, remove from heat and remove and discard the onion.
  2. Use an immersion blender to puree the tomato sauce. If you don't have an immersion blender, allow the sauce to cool, place in a blender, and puree until smooth. Reheat the sauce before serving.
  3. Serve over pasta.

7 Responses to “The $10 Food Day: Amazing 3-Ingredient Pasta Sauce Recipe”

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    Karen Harris — January 21, 2013 @ 2:33 am

    So glad to see that you made it Haley. It is genius isn’t it? I haven’t bought pasta sauce since I discovered it. Friday nights at my house are now pizza dough made from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day recipe, this sauce and some fresh mozzarella. Talk about homemade goodness.

    • Haley replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 3:44 am

      I’m so glad I discovered this recipe on your blog!

  2. 2

    Nate — January 5, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

    Awesome, glad I found this. I’ve been using store bought for years and I’ve been meaning to try something more. Can’t wait.

  3. 3

    Kelly — August 6, 2015 @ 6:57 pm

    What kind of butter do you use??

    • Haley replied: — August 6th, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

      Regular unsalted butter.

  4. 4

    Kelley — June 3, 2016 @ 8:46 pm

    Why do you remove the onion and not just blend it into the sauce?

    • Haley replied: — June 9th, 2016 @ 8:38 pm

      That’s what Marcella Hazan’s recipe says to do. And I don’t mess with Marcella. 😉

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