If you’re obsessed with anything food-related like me, then I am sure that you watched “The Bear” on FX. If you haven’t, go watch it ASAP. I freaking loved the show and when my dad told me that he made the pasta sauce from the final episode, I knew I had to make it for myself. My dad claims this sauce is ‘life-changing’, and he’s not kidding. I fact-checked my memory of my dad recalling the recipe using this Buzzfeed article
- 1 28oz Can of San Marzano tomatoes, which can be whole peeled or already blended [I used blended so I didn’t have to mash my tomatoes]
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Large Yellow Onion, cut in half, through the root
- 1/2 TSP Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2 Stick Unsalted Butter
- Large handful of Basil, stems & all
- 5 Garlic Cloves, peeled & smashed
- 1 TBSP Neutral Oil [vegetable/canola]
Let’s Get Cookin’
In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 Cup oil + garlic + 1/2 TSP red pepper flakes + basil. Turn heat to MED-LOW and let come to a boil. Simmer for 1-2 minutes/until basil is wilted. Remove from heat and let steep.
In a large pot, add the butter + TBSP neutral oil, and allow to melt. Slice the onion through the root and peel off the skins. Once the butter is melted and beginning to brown, add in the onion halves cut-side down. Allow to sear for 2-3 minutes – as they begin to turn golden brown.
Add in the can of tomatoes, slowly, into the butter and oil, BE CAREFUL OF SPLASHING. Crush up your tomatoes if you used whole tomatoes. Bring up to a boil and season with salt. Let simmer for 20-25 minutes.
Once the infused oil has cooled, place in a blender and blend until the garlic and basil is chopped. Combine the oil into the tomato sauce and let simmer for 10 more minutes. Season with additional sauce if needed.
Serve with your favorite pasta, and don’t forget to reserve some of that pasta water to use when you are combining the sauce & pasta.
Made with Love,
P.S don’t forget the garlic bread + meatballs + a good glass of wine.