I've been watching the Cookbook of the Month goings on from the sidelines, and saw raves for Marcella Hazan's tomato, onion, and butter sauce: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
I made this sauce last night, and it's is incredibly good. Spoon, plate, bowl, pan-licking good. Just ask my partner, who is much more restrained that I am, who was caught in the act of licking her plate clean.
To quote Hazan herself "This is the simplest of all sauces to make, and none has a purer, more irresistably sweet tomato taste. I have known people to skip the pasta and eat the sauce directly out of the pot with a spoon." She's right.
This is really not a great picture, and doesn't do it justice, but for what it's worth:
Just imagine rich, sweet, buttery, intensely tomato-y goodness as you look.
(For the NY based hounds, the pasta is cavatelli from the beloved Borgatti's in the Bronx: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... . Their pasta has such great flavor and texture, and was lovely here).
2 cups canned tomatoes, cut up, with their juice
5 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, peeled, cut in half
Add all of the above, cook uncovered at a slow simmer for 45 minutes or "until the fat floats free of the tomato."
She instructs you to discard the onion before serving, but it tastes lovely, and I wonder what else can be done with it (besides, well, licking all the sauce off). I topped with some minced parsley and grated parmesan.
So, I challenge you. Do you have any tomato sauces that surpass this in richness and simplicity? I don't know about 5 tbsp of butter becoming a regular thing, so if you have alternatives, please share them here!