I am bad and lazy at cooking, so I sometimes end up making a dinner of, like, avocado slices thrown on toast with some cheese on top. This makes me feel like a 20-year-old stoner. So I love simple recipes that still taste like grown-up food. Like this pasta sauce recipe by Marcella Hazan. You need three ingredients, and you’re going to throw one out.
This recipe has bounced around cooking sites for over a decade, and Smitten Kitchen tells it best, but here’s the gist:
- Empty a can of San Marzano tomatoes into a saucepan.
- Skin an onion and chop it in half. Toss it in.
- Add five tablespoons of butter (a little more than half a stick).
- Sautée for 45 minutes while you watch some Hulu. Every now and then, stir and smush all the tomatoes.
- Meanwhile boil some water, cook some pasta, drain the pasta. Try a non-default spaghetti, like a long fusilli.
- Pull out the onion.
- Throw the pasta into the saucepan with the sauce. Stir.
You can throw in some salt, you can grate some parmesan, but you don’t need any herbs, and you don’t need to chop anything. Tada, non-depressing dinner. Takes time but not effort.
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