Tuesday, January 19, 2010

quick, easy, delicious marinara sauce

the other evening i put together a wonderful marinara sauce for the family. it was simple and tasty. i served it over plain spaghetti and they just gobbled it up, even travis sopped the bowl with his bread. i buy jarred sauce, but this was such a hit, i am going to make a big batch to freeze in ziplocs. i hope you give it try.

beth's marinara sauce

in a large saucepan over medium heat place two tbsp. of olive oil. add one half onion diced and two minced cloves of garlic. saute until tender. be careful, don't burn your garlic,(you might need to turn your heat down) that is nasty stuff if burnt. meanwhile, in your food processor pulse a 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic(hunt's) and one 28 oz. of diced tomatoes(hunts, again) three or four times. now, add this to your onions and garlic and turn your heat down to low. to this, add 2 tsp. of sugar, 1 tsp. kosher salt, 2 tsp. dried oregano, 1 tsp. dried basil and a small can of tomato paste. stir well and let simmer 15-20 minutes. taste and adjust your seasonings to your liking. i let mine simmer another 10 minutes or so, turned off the heat and let it sit. i think it is more robust if it sits for a hour or better, just forget about it. when i am ready i just reheat on warm. this is easy, so no excuses, go make a pot now. enjoy.

p.s. i mixed a cup of the sauce in a separate bowl with a little fat free half and half to make myself a creamy tomato sauce for my noodles. excellent! pass the parm!


noble pig said...

So, so nice and love he creamy idea!

Pam said...

Yum! I love making homemade marinara, it definitely beats the store bought stuff.

Adding the cream sounds rich and tasty!

Cheryl said...

Now that sounds good! Thanks for the award BTW! I am slowly loosing my interest in food blogging, isnt that sad :(

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I like your method of doing it Beth and it looks beautifully rich and red! :D

Jeff said...

Your marinara is very similar to mine. I love making it and usually do it in big batches that I can freeze in two cup containers for quick and easy meals. Nicely done!