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This is a very easy and basic marinara sauce. But it’s so simple and so fresh, it makes one wonder why buy jarred?
This marinara sauce freezes well too, so when you do make it, double, or triple the recipe and put it into some Tupperware containers; stick in the freezer and you have an easy go-to sauce. Add some meatballs or sausage to make a great Italian spaghetti, or just toss with some pasta for a tasty side dish.
A little red wine makes a tasty addition. In the sauce, or in your mouth. I like it both places 🙂
You can make this marinara sauce with your own homemade tomato sauce or a canned tomato. When using canned tomatoes, I prefer whole tomatoes to diced. When you put a whole tomato in a can, you have to use a nice ripe whole tomato. Diced tomatoes can be a combo of good ripe ones and those that are not so ripe.
Ripe tomatoes of course, have rich tomato taste.
Unripe tomatoes, not so much.
If you do use canned tomato, I prefer Italian canned tomato products as they seem to have a richer, deeper, tomato taste.
Heat the oil in a sauce pan; add the onion and garlic, saute until soft.Add the tomato sauce, or blended tomatoes and remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered on low heat, until thickened, 30 - 45 minutes.
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