Mr. Rudin’s Tomato Sauce

I just realized I had this picture on my computer, and thought I’d share the recipe even though it was from awhile ago. My friend and I made dinner at her house over the summer, and her dad wrote us his recipe for tomato sauce because I’d never made tomato sauce from scratch! It doesn’t taste like anything I’ve ever had from a jar and the flavor is really unique – it has an unexpected tang, with a kick from the hot sauce.

As you will see from his recipe below, there aren’t exact amounts of any ingredients. Almost everything is ‘to taste’, because everyone has a different preference and you can really adapt this to however you like it. You can add ground beef like my mom does, or veggie crumbles and tofu like the Rudins. You can serve it with breadsticks, or on pasta with meatballs. I have a feeling this would make a great pizza sauce too – don’t be afraid to make it your own!

Recipe: Mr. Rudin’s Tomato Sauce


  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 can of crushed/diced tomato (or equivalent of fresh tomatoes)
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • hot sauce, to taste (at least 1 tsp) – Mr. Rudin recommends Virginia Gentleman Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • vinegar, to taste (about 1 tbsp)
  • salt, to taste
  • 1-2 TB minced garlic


  1. Make a healthy puddle of olive oil in the bottom of a soup pot (or similar) and heat the oil on low.
  2. Add the cut up or grated onion to the pot and cook until translucent (not brown). Oil should be bubbling.
  3. Add the tomato and tomato paste, and stir. Add hot sauce, vinegar, and salt to taste. Once thoroughly mixed, reduce heat to just above simmer so the mixture doesn’t boil or bubble out of the pot. Stir in a healthy glob of minced garlic.

Number of servings (yield): serves at least 10

2 thoughts on “Mr. Rudin’s Tomato Sauce

  1. That sounds really good. I’ll have to give this a try . Have you thought of using garlic oil instead Olive Oil and Lime Juice instead of Vinegar or maybe Balsamic Vinegar? Some fresh Oregano and Basil would probably go well with this too. The Chipotle Hot Sauce sounds delicious but I think using a Sambal is more adventurous and gives it a nice asian accent.

Leave a Reply