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Marcella Hazan's Tomato Butter Sauce

I made the famous tomato butter sauce last night with some tomatoes that my wife canned last summer. I can't believe that I waited so long to try something so simple and delicious.

I just had to share.

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  1. It's a great recipe, isn't it? I decided last weekend that we needed to start "kids make dinner" night with my 11 and 7 year olds and this is what I had them make because it's just so darn easy. We ended up using both canned tomatoes and fresh tomatoes I'd blanched, peeled and frozen last fall and it was so good! I like to give it a whir at the end of cooking with my immersion blender to smooth out the texture. My 11 year old enjoyed that a lot!

      1. When I made tomato sauce for meatballs on vacation with family, they loved it. I didn't tell them how much butter was in it ;-)

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        1. re: monavano

          Don't tell anybody how much butter is in it. Just let them think they are eating a healthy red sauce.

        2. It is one of our favorites.

          1. Hazan recommends this with gnocchi. Has anyone tried it that way? One of these days I would like to try it with polenta. Corn and butter are such good bedfellows.

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            1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

              I make pretty good gnocchi. I might try this combo. If I do I will report back.

                  1. re: jpc8015

                    I don't know if I saw the appeal of the combination.

                1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                  It's amazing.

                  I do her gnocchi recipe as well, the one that just has potatoes, flour and salt (no egg), with the sauce.