Kitchenette Confidential, Part II: 3-ingredient tomato sauce

Ever since I made the decision to try to spread my cooking wings, I have been making a noble satisfactory valid effort to step out of my comfort zone in the kitchen. (Remember, my “comfort zone” was right about at you-just-can’t-get-any-worse-than-this, so there really wasn’t anywhere to go but up.)

The turkey/rice wrap and omelette I made were (dare I say) successes. I even cooked some perfectly hard-boiled eggs, thanks to these easy-to-follow directions.

And since so many of you were kind enough to share recipes with me when I first sent out the SOS signal for help in the kitchen (or, in my case, kitchenette), I decided the least I could do was attempt some of those very recipes and see how I measured up. No pun intended.

The first recipe on my list? Tomato sauce. Why? Firstly, not one, but two of my friends sent it to me. Secondly, it calls for just 3 ingredients. Simple. Minimalist. I like those things in a recipe.

And since there were only 3 ingredients for me to find, I wanted to get exactly what the recipe called for. So while I had to do a little searching, I did finally find ingredient #1, San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes in a can, at the Food Emporium. Ingredient #2, unsalted butter, was easy enough. Ingredient #3? A medium yellow onion. I’m not gonna lie – I had to read the labels in the produce section to make sure I was grabbing the right kind of onion. It feels both freeing and sad to share that.

When I got back to my apartment, it was first, of course, time for a photo op:

Then it was time to get down to business. “Business” meaning putting the contents of the can, 5 tablespoons of butter and the peeled/halved onion in a pan…

…and stirring and simmering for 45 minutes:

When that was done…

… I set it aside and cooked the pasta. Just a tad too much for the pan, perhaps. Oh, and I probably could have broken it in half. Go ahead, you can laugh:

The pasta actually cooked pretty evenly, though, and it was finally time to enjoy the final result:

(The flowers around the paper plate are there to class it up. Just go with it.)

And I would be remiss without posting a picture of myself with my soon-to-be-enjoyed meal… it’s my signature pose (because “signature” in my book = doing something twice):

So there you have it. And I must say, it was a delicious tomato sauce. I could maybe go a little lighter on the butter next time, but overall it was amazing. I couldn’t believe something so simple to make could taste so incredibly yummy. And it was great for leftovers, too… I had the rest for dinner the following night and it was still wonderful.

I’m going to tackle a chicken recipe next. I’m not a fan of raw meat, so this will present a new challenge… but one I’m ready to take!

Kitchenette Confidential, Part II: 3-ingredient tomato sauce was last modified: July 25th, 2017 by Jane Couto Govednik
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  1. Nicely done! I’ve never heard of putting so much butter in a tomato sauce, though. I thought tomato sauces were supposed to be the healthier choice! haha. I bet it was delicious, though. I too am trying to become a cook, so I look forward to hearing how you do and learning new recipes!

  2. YUMMMMMM!!!
    Hooray! You are doing awesome!! Love all the cooking posts you’ve been doing! 🙂
    Jane, I’ve got a bazillion easy, quick chicken recipes on my blog. If you go to the recipe archives, you’ll find them there. I’ve got a great chicken Parmesan recipe on there. Ohhh…also a sweet and sour pineapple chicken recipe….grilled chicken and avocado and red onion paninis…

  3. Ok, that sounds delicious, although between the fat from the butter and the onion from the onion, I’d probably wind up in the ER – but something tells me it might be worth it LOL

    I, too, have a bazillion cheap & easy recipes on my food blog – I’ve linked it for this comment. 🙂 And WTG on your successful sauce!

  4. I love san marzano tomato sauce… I can’t remember if I first saw it on citymama or orangette, but it’s a staple at our house because it’s so simple and delicious. All the butter and the sweetness of the tomatoes makes it almost like candy.

Kitchenette Confidential, Part II: 3-ingredient tomato sauce was last modified: July 25th, 2017 by Jane Couto Govednik