Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Marcella Hazans Tomato Sauce Recipe

This Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce Recipe is bursting with flavor and the perfect complement to any meal.

Recreate this famous marinara sauce in the comfort of your kitchen. While you only need a few ingredients there is no shortage of flavor or the incredible aroma wafting through your home.

Use these pizza breadsticks as a shovel to get all the tasty goodness into your mouth! Or devour these air fryer mozzarella sticks while dipping them into the sauce.

It’s delicious with all types of garlic bread and pasta too. You can also spoon the sauce over some meatballs and spaghetti for some delicious comfort food.

Marcella Hazans Tomato Sauce Recipe in a white bowl

How To Make Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce

In less than an hour, you can whip up a batch of this delicious tomato sauce recipe. It’s super easy!

Cook the tomatoes, butter, and onions using medium high heat in a large pot. Simmer and cook for 45 minutes.

Gently break up the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Remove any chunks of onions, season with salt and serve with a pile of your favorite pasta.

marcella hazans tomato sauce ingredients

Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Spice it up! If you are in the mood for some extra flavor, go ahead and add in some minced garlic, pepper, basil, oregano, or any other Italian spices and herbs.
  • Make it extra smooth. Want the onion flavor but don’t like the chunks? No problem, place the sauce in a blender or food processor and give it a whirl.
  • Salted butter works. Adding butter to the sauce makes it richer and it's an excellent change compared to traditional sauces. You may want to cut back on added salt if using salted butter, but the flavor is going to be amazing either way. 
  • Feed a crowd! This recipe is already a large batch and makes 12 servings, however, you can double or even triple it! You will need to use a stock pot if you are making a larger batch.
  • Love onions? Add more! While there are onions in this recipe, it’s not an overly onion flavor. If you love lots of onions, go ahead and chop them small then add them to the tomatoes. I find the flavor to be more like cuisines you find in Southern Italy and not overpowered by onions.

tomato sauce recipe onions on the tomatoes

What You’ll Need To Make This Marinara Sauce Recipe

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Is the sauce thick?
As the tomatoes cook they do break down and give you a hearty result. However, the sauce isn’t going to be as thick as bolognese or any sauce that uses tomato paste.

marinara sauce recipe ladle full of sauce

Can you freeze leftovers?
Absolutely! Pour the sauce into a gallon sized freezer bag. Remove any air from the bag, close it and lay flat on a baking sheet. Freeze until sold, then you can move it to make more space.

It will last for 6 months in the freezer. Defrost in the fridge overnight before serving.

What do I serve with it?

The options are endless! Mix the Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce into eggs, top a piece of toast, mix it into pasta, or add it to pizza. It’s just as delicious added to sandwiches and roasted veggies.


marcella hazans tomato sauce on pasta

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tomato sauce recipe pasta with sauce in a bowl

Yield: 12
Author: Donna Elick
Marcella Hazans Tomato Sauce Recipe

Marcella Hazans Tomato Sauce Recipe

This Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce recipe is bursting with flavor and the perfect compliment to any meal.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 50 Min


  • 3 (28 ounce) cans San Marzano whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 white onions, peeled and chopped in half
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Add the tomatoes, butter, and onions to a large pot over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and then reduce to medium heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon as they cook.
  2. Discard the onion and season to taste. Serve over freshly cooked pasta with parmesan cheese.

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Originally published August 2021


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  1. The ingredient list has 28 oz CANS of tomatoe. Is the “s” a typo? If not, how many cans should you use?

  2. Replies
    1. So sorry conmargar, I have fixed the recipe, it is 3 cans, enjoy!

  3. I have been making this sauce for years, the only red sauce I will use with pasta. At the beginning it was difficult to find San Marzano tomatoes in my stores, now no problem. Love this sauce.


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