7/19/2011

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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8 comments:

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

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  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!
    xxkristin

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

    xoxo
    Karena

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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!!

    <3 Belly B

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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.

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

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  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!!

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

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