Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Hey there! I can't believe I'm actually here and posting a RECIPE! I'm really hoping to start consistently posting recipes on here again, I really miss it..but with a new baby there's not much time to do anything other than take care of her every need, but I wouldn't change a thing. She will be 2 months old on Saturday, I can't believe it! She's already grown so much and is just smiling away lately..I love it! Okay okay, enough baby talk..back to the yummies! Everybody needs a good marinara recipe. I admit I will absolutely buy a jar of sauce when I just don't feel like making it, even though it's really quite easy and nothing compares to it. My husband and I definitely prefer it homemade, and I'm sure if you've never made your own and you try it, you will too! You may want to double the recipe and make it in a bigger pot but since it's just the two of us I just make a smaller batch. This works great on homemade pizza also! The above picture of spaghetti & meatballs is making me hungry! Buon Appetito!

1 28 oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes
1 Cup Diced Onions
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 Teaspoon Granulated Sugar
5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste

In a pan, add 3 tablespoons of your olive oil and turn on medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add your onions and saute them for about 5-7 minutes or until they start to turn slightly translucent, then add your garlic and saute for another 3 minutes or so, making sure not to burn the garlic. Pour in your crushed tomatoes and mix with the onions and garlic. Add all of your seasonings including salt & pepper, the remaining olive oil, and the Parmesan cheese. Check for seasonings and add more depending on your taste. Lower heat to medium, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes, or even longer at a slightly lower temperature. The longer it sits, the better, but I usually use it within an hour of making it and it's delicious. Enjoy!

 Great on just some spaghetti!
 Absolutely delicious on homemade Chicken Parmesan!
 Awesome on homemade pizza!

I leave you with a picture of my beautiful baby girl!
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  1. Your kid look super cute..i love this sauce too...perfect with pasta and pizza..i love this...This looks perfect...Thanks for the recipe dear.....

  2. aaw, she's so beautiful! and i love this sauce, especially with that cheese on top.

  3. I will try to make this sauce, as marinara sauce already made in the grocery stores is starting to climb like a rocket price wise! Your baby looks so cute as a button, she is adorable, happy days with her in the days and years to come..Your blog is sweet with good recipes easy to make and ingredients easy to get in the supermarkets..Happy Labor day and keep the pictures coming about your sweet baby girl, she is adorable indeed..

  4. Just wanted to say that I love your blog and your recipes. This marinara sauce recipe was life changing!! :) Up until now I have never been able to find a recipe I liked. I don't think I will ever buy jarred sauce again! Congrats on your beautiful daughter and thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!

  5. This sauce is great! I'm not a big fan of chunkiness so I blended it after it was done to make it smooth. No more jar sauce for me!

  6. Delicious and easy! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Made this today. Really enjoyed it over homemade ravioli. Thanks for the recipe!


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