Friday, February 08, 2013

Back to Basics 9 - Homemade Marinara

Why would you ever want to buy marinara sauce at the grocery store? Convenience? Well, this sauce could not be any easier to make. And it only has 7 ingredients:
Olive oil
1 onion
28oz whole peeled tomatoes (organic if you can)
1 garlic clove
salt & pepper to taste

Other store-bought sauces have preservatives, "natural" flavors, and oils that I would not want to consume. Even organic ones have preservatives, and are way more expensive than homemade.

I'll prove to you how easy and fast this is:
First, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Chop up one onion as fine as you can and mince a clove of garlic. Throw the onion and garlic in the oil with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Cook for about 6 minutes, or until soft.

Break up your tomatoes in the blender or food processor. Then throw them in the skillet along with 1/2 cup of white wine if you have it OR water. A sprig of chopped up basil if you've got that, and a few sprinkles of sugar.

Simmer the sauce until it thickens up, about 15-20 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper if you want.


So, make a double batch and store any extra in the freezer for future use. How's that for convenience?

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