Posted by: lifewithbs | November 28, 2010

Creamy Tomato Sauce

This is the best tomato sauce I know how to make. Give it a try!

Creamy Tomato Sauce

recipe from The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2009

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 package, or about 8-10 slices prosciutto, minced

1 small onion, minced

1 bay leaf

Pinch of red pepper flakes


3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 ounces oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, rinsed, patted dry and chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dry white wine

28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 pound short tubular pasta

1/2 cup heavy cream


1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)

Grated Parmesan cheese

First, chop up the onion and prosciutto.

Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the prosciutto, onion, bay leaf, pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very soft and beginning to turn light gold, about 8 to 12 minutes.

While the onions are cooking, chop the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes.

Increase the heat to medium high, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato paste and sun-dried tomatoes and cook, while stirring constantly, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the 1/4 cup wine and cook, stirring frequently to loosen up any burnt bits, until the liquid has evaporated, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the crushed tomatoes to the pan, saving 2 tablespoons to the side. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and partially cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. The sauce should thicken up.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and cook the pasta. When the pasta is ready, remove the bay leaf from the sauce and discard.

Stir in the cream, the remaining 2 tablespoons of wine, and the 2 tablespoons of crushed tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Mmmm, this sauce is so good! The original recipe calls for adding 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the sauce at this point. I don’t like runny sauce, so I have never followed this step. You could also add in 1/4 cup of chopped basil at this point. Since Brett is not a fan of basil, I leave it out.

Stir the pasta into the sauce, top with cheese, and enjoy!

I’ll leave you with this picture of Izzy. She likes to sit in the chair with me sometimes while I work at the computer, and I liked this one of her looking out the window.



  1. Wow Sarah, you have been really busy! Everything looks delicious-
    can’t wait to see you and cook with you. I miss you much!
    xo Mom

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