The Best Tomato Sauce Ever.

If you travel a lot for work, you know the value of the occasional “Home-Cooked Meal on the Road”.  I was the lucky beneficiary of the meal above, courtesy of Aoi Scott- a mad genius in the kitchen and a true artist behind the camera lens.  This is a tomato sauce to make your Italian grandmother shed a tear of pride and envy.

I am pretty sure Aoi’s sauce is a simple recipe.  I have never seen her make it- but judging from the remnants I spied around the kitchen that night, the ingredients are probably something like this: 1 Can San Marzano Tomatoes, 1/2 Onion, Garlic, Salt/ Pepper.

Sweat the onions in olive oil, add the garlic, then the can of tomatoes- season to taste.  Sounds simple, right?  That’s the frustrating part.  I have been making a similar red sauce for years- and mine never quite reaches this level of heavenly, tomatoey perfection.  I know there must be another step- does she blend the whole thing with an immersion blender?  How does she get that velvety texture?  Am I missing an ingredient? Why is the tomato flavor so amplified?  Why is this sauce so good?!

Frustratingly Delicious.

For now I am content to understand that I simply cannot understand why this sauce is so good.  Someday however, I will beg Aoi to let me watch, and take notes, while she executes this secret sauce.  If the chef allows, I will post the recipe- the world needs more tomato perfection.  In fact, I’m pretty sure with enough San Marzano Tomatoes, we could heal the world.

Delicious.  And Beautiful too.

Kid-tested.  Italian Wine Geek- approved.  This is serious pasta perfection.

Proven Fact: Aoi Scott’s pasta is the best fuel for Marathon Barbie-Playing Sessions.