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Last night I made Marcella Hazan's very famous (and incredibly simple) tomato sauce - it's a Fox family favorite.

Here's the original recipe I've been using:

Combine 2 cups organic crushed (or whole peeled) tomatoes, 5 tablespoons real butter, 1 white onion, peeled and cut in half in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer then cook uncovered for 30 - 40 minutes. Stir occasionally and add salt as needed. If using whole peeled tomatoes, use a wooden spoon to mash larger pieces. Discard the onion halves then toss with pasta.

After discovering my just purchased organic onion was rotting from the inside out, I got creative and mixed a few extra things in:

* a few generous splashes of red wine

* fresh chopped basil

* rosemary (crushed in my hands before adding -- smells SO good)

* a pinch of minced garlic

* a dash or two of onion powder

* fresh cracked pepper

Before tossing into the pasta, I added browned ground chicken. 

Seriously, Marcella's legendary sauce is so simple to make (and to make it your own), I can't imagine ever buying another jar of pre-made sauce ever again. Give it a whirl and let me know if you come up with some other fab additions. I might try adding mushrooms next time...