I Tried The Tomato Sauce Recipe That People Really, Really Love

    The food world seriously loves this sauce, so I needed to try it.

    There are viral recipes, and then there are recipes that can withstand the test of time...

    And one of those recipes that gets people especially excited is Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce — straight out of her cookbook Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.

    People all over the internet — from Epicurious to Food52 to Smitten Kitchen — have raved about the simplicity and flavor of the sauce.

    So it got me wondering why I — an avid home cook — have not tried out the beloved recipe for myself.

    The sauce proved stupid simple to make. You start by combining canned tomatoes, butter, a halved onion, and salt in a large pot.

    As it cooks, mash up any large pieces of tomato to help break them down a bit. After 45 minutes, season it with additional salt if necessary, remove the onion, and that's it.

    I tasted the sauce by itself, then decided to serve it with pasta and a few garnishes.

    Are you ready to try it out? Get Marcella Hazan's famous tomato sauce recipe.