Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Marinara Sauce


           Making a homemade marinara sauce is so simple and easy to make. Sure you can
           buy a jar sauce and it's good. But once you make your own sauce...it just seems
           to make any Italian dish better. It makes a perfect base for your meatballs, spaghetti,
           lasagna, every thing tastes better with homemade sauce.

           This recipe makes a big batch and it freezes beautifully in airtight containers.

                                                                         Marinara Sauce

                                                      4 tablespoons olive oil
                                                      2 ( 28 ounce ) can crushed tomatoes ( san marzano )
                                                      1 ( 28 ounce ) can tomato sauce
                                                      1 ( 28 ounce ) can whole tomatoes, crush with hands
                                                      1 onion, chopped
                                                      7 cloves of garlic, minced
                                                      1/2 can of water
                                                      2 tablespoons tomato paste ( optional )
                                                      8 basil leaves, torn
                                                      1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
                                                      1/2 teaspoon oregano
                                                      1 1/2 teaspoon salt
                                                      1 teaspoon pepper
                                                      1 tablespoon sugar
                                                      1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
                                                      a dash of garlic powder and onion powder - optional


       1) Heat olive oil in a large pot and cook onions until almost done and add your garlic
       and cook for 1 minute, add tomato paste salt pepper and stir well. Add your tomatoes
       and the rest of the ingredients and cook for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust your -
       seasoning as needed.

       Note - this would be great for Sunday " Gravy " aka sauce. Add your favorite
       sausage, meatballs, or add meat for a great meat sauce. The sky is the limit.
                                                                     

18 comments:

  1. SO beautiful! I want to eat this straight from the jar please!

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  2. I am trying this ASAP. I've never been successful making it on my own. I'm excited. Love,

    Shauna xo

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  3. Gorgeous! I've never tried homemade sauce before, this looks like a winner.

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  4. Hi Sweets! We're having spaghetti for dinner and now I'm so excited - you've got me craving marinara!

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  5. Hi Val just found your fabulous blog! This looks so delicious and is making me super hungry :)

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  6. This is very similar to the one my aunt taught me to make after she spent time in Italy. Sadly, I can no longer eat tomatoes ( tomato products) due to an allergy. But, it beats the stuff in the jar hands down!

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  7. Looks like we'll be having spaghetti for dinner tonight! those are gorgeous pictures you've posted!

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  8. Dean always makes his own but it seems so hard to me. Of course pretty much everything in the kitchen seems hard to me.

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  9. I've always wanted to make my own sauce. This looks like a great place to start!

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  10. The vibrant color looks just so delicious. I'd like to try your recipe.

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  11. Ohh!!! This is something I've been dying to try and you make it sound so easy and delicious. Pinning now for when I get the motivation to execute :)

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  12. Yum!! This looks great and I bet it would freeze well, too!

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  13. You are so right !! Love this sauce for any recipe!

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  14. I've been wondering what kind of tomatoes you use. Good to know!

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  15. I love, love, love homemade marinara sauce. I agree that it transforms any Italian dish! I can't wait to try your recipe!

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  16. Just got back home to Wisconsin from sunny and warm California so a pot of warm marinara sounds perfect. Your recipe sounds delicious!

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  17. This sauce looks like a beauty!! I really need to learn how to make marinara sauce like this. So, thanks!!

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