Easy Marinara Sauce

Italian food is my second favorite food (Mexican is my true weakness). It's tasty and mostly really easy to make. Up until a year ago, I would make pasta using sauce out of the jar. There is nothing wrong with that, but there is something better and most importantly, fresher. I ran across this recipe by David Rocco and jars of marinara sauce in my pantry have since been non-existent. His is a "five minute" recipe, but I have found that it tastes better if it simmers a little longer. Here is what you need and what to do...

4 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
28 oz can of peeled whole tomatoes (pureed) or crushed tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
1 medium onion- finely chopped
2 garlic cloves- finely chopped
1 Tablespoon of red pepper flakes- divided ( I like it hot!!)
Handfull of fresh basil- chopped or torn
Salt to taste

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil (on medium heat) and add 1/2 of the red pepper flakes, the garlic and the onions. Stir occasionally to prevent the garlic from burning. Cook for about 5-6 minutes until the onions are translucent and a little soft. Add the tomatoes and the rest of the red pepper flakes, then simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the basil and simmer for another 5 minutes. I usually add the basil when I start cooking the pasta. Add a healthy serving of the sauce to the cooked pasta (whole wheat for me) and top it off with more basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese. A side of wine and crusty bread would be good, too.

The sauce freezes beautifully, so freeze the leftovers, if any... :)

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  1. Ohhhh, I've always wanted to try a fresh marinara sauce. This one sounds tasty and easy. Thanks for inspiring me :)

  2. Yum! I made my first attempt at homemade tomato sauce this past weekend and it did not turn out as I had hoped. I'll have to give this recipe a try! Thanks!

  3. Tiffany this looks so good, yum!! Perfect and easy for this time of year!


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  4. The whole wheat option is fantastic!!! I am going for that from now on, I wonder why it never occurred to me to try!!

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  5. This is very similar to a recipe my aunt taught me. I've tweaked it to suit us as well. Nothing like fresh once you've tried it and it really is easy.

  6. I so need to start making my own. I buy the jar kind every time. So lazy.

  7. On a night when I'm in a rush for dinner, there is nothing better than pulling out homemade marinara to top pasta. Thanks for sharing your version! I'm with you on Italian being my favorite!!

  8. Fresh made marina really is the best and this recipe looks great...simple and easy! Yum! Thanks for sharing!


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