Buttery Tomato Sauce with Onion

Have you had butter sauce? Yea, you heard me, butter sauce.  Usually when things sound too good to be true they are…in this case the sauce is as good as the name sounds.  However, when I first heard the words “butter sauce” I thought of a class french white sauce…not an italian red sauce.  This sauce is so simple yet the butter, onions, and tomatoes compliment each other in a way that each are highlighted.  The butter adds a rich and creamy taste while the onions give the acidity of the tomatoes a hint of sweet.  It’s just an unique blend that I would never have thought of had it not been for Tuttorosso Tomatoes!

The 85-year-old, family-owned and family-run tomato brand recently launched a new website (www.tuttorossotomatoes.com) with recipes, an inspirational ideas blog and even stories from home cooks. As part of that, they are introducing a line-up of Sunday Sauce recipes to inspire cooks in every kitchen. They’re calling it, “Celebrate the Sauce”.

Tuttorosso also will be hosting a three-week promotion starting November 19, during which they will be giving away 1,000 aprons per week, a daily drawing of one heirloom wooden spoon and the grand prize, a Martha Stewart Cookware set. Just go to http://www.facebook.com/tuttorossotomato to enter.

Tuttorosso was kind enough to send me a variety gift pack of tomatoes, an apron, wooden spoon (which are best for sauces) and recipes to use and post on my blog.  Below is the first recipe I adapted from their website…

Buttery Tomato Sauce with Onion

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Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 28 ounce can Tuttorosso® Peeled Plum Italian Style Tomatoes, crushed with hands
1 teaspoon sugar
1 stick butter, cubed
2 medium onions, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper

Directions

In a 4 quart saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté onions and garlic and a tablespoon of olive oil…until that are translucent and some onions have brown edges.

Add the canned tomatoes, sugar, butter, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, & bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally and mashing any large pieces of tomato with the back of a wooden spoon.  Cook about 45 minutes or until flavors blend and sauce is slightly reduced.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper if needed and serve with your choice of pasta.

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