Monday, January 30, 2017

Easy Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce is my favorite!  I do not need meat to make a great sauce.  Good ingredients seal the deal. 

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion sliced thin, minced or chopped..
1 carrot, cleaned, grated or chopped
1 small sweet pepper diced thin(optional)
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cans crushed tomatoes
2 to 4 fresh basil leaves or 1 tsp  dried basil
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 pepper(optional)
dash oregano if desired

Saute onion and carrot in olive oil until translucent..Add pepper and garlic..cook one minute..Add crushed tomatoes and salt and red pepper..Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally about 30 minutes or more until it reduces slightly.
 Cook pasta, drain and toss with sauce and of course some good Italian cheese...Easy and delicious !

Marinara Sauce (a little more involved)( Mom's Recipe)

2 tablespoons olive or salad oil
1 small onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic,minced
1 can 2 lb. 3 oz. Italian Plum tomatoes undrained
 1 large can tomato puree
1 tsp. dried or fresh basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil ..add onion, cook until translucent, add garlic cook 1 minute. Add plum tomatoes with their liquid mashing tomatoes with fork until mixture is slightly chunky..Stir in puree, basil, oregano salt and pepper.

Cook over medium low heat uncovered and stirring occasionally (30 minutes) Sauce will reduce to about 3 1/2 cups...

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