Summer Tomato Sauce

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    4 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
From Scratch: 10 Meals, 175 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over

By Michael Ruhlman

Published 2019

  • About

Take advantage of fresh plum tomatoes when they’re in season and make this simple sauce. I love it as is on pasta—so fresh and delicious and nutritious.


  • 1 onion, roughly chopped or minced
  • 8 tablespoons/115 grams unsalted butter


Method 1: In a high-sided pot, sweat the onion in a little of the butter until softened, seasoning with salt. Put the onion, remaining butter, and tomatoes in a blender and puree. Pour the sauce into the pot and simmer over low heat for 1 hour.

Method 2: Preheat the broiler. Put the tomatoes, cut-side down, on a rimmed baking sheet and broil till they’re charred. Meanwhile, in a high-si