Monday, July 30, 2012

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade marinara sauce is easier to make than you think!  Here is my simple go-to recipe and it comes out delicious every time!

Homemade Marinara Sauce (perfect for one 1lb of pasta)

- 1 large can crushed tomatoes (use fresh if they're in season- San Marzano are the best if you have to use canned)
- 1 regular can plain tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 vidalia onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, minced
- 1 cup red wine (use whatever kind you like)
- 1 tbsp sugar (sounds weird but it brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Freshly cracked salt and pepper

- Heat olive oil on medium.
- Add onion; season with salt and pepper.
- Saute onion until almost translucent.
- Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Stir often so as not to burn the garlic.
- Add red wine and cook down until wine is evaporated
- Stir in tomatoes, sauce, hot pepper flakes and sugar.
- Simmer for 20 minutes on low heat.
- Remove from heat and add basil.
*It is important to taste your sauce before serving.  Sometimes tomatoes can be sweet or sour, depending on when they were canned.  Adjust your seasonings accordingly.
- Always use fresh basil.  It makes a huge difference.

Late in the game, I usually toss in a bunch of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to give the sauce sharpness and creaminess.  Basic marinara doesn't have to have cheese, so cater it to your tastes.


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