This is the best tomato sauce, hands down. [easyazon-link asin="0679764372" locale="us"]Marcella Hazan[/easyazon-link] made it famous, Orangette and Smitten Kitchen made it popular, but every cook with a kitchen can make it. Easily. And cheaply. And quickly.
28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
5 T butter
1 medium onion, peeled and halved
a bit of salt
Pour everything above in a pot. Arrange the onions cut face down. Bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 35-50 minutes, breaking up the tomatoes as they cook down. Remove the onions, pour sauce over al dente pasta.
I can make a dinner for $2.00 with this recipe, and it is a hit every time.