Marinara Sauce

So this one is probably my favorite thing to make, I’ve never been a fan of the canned ready made marinara sauces, but goodness I love homemade.

I figure this is a good one to start with out of my recipes, since I’ve got a few friends who insist I make it for them when they are in town =)

This recipe started out as my mom’s recipe she brought over with her from England, she converted the measurements for me, and I slowly changed parts of it over a few years partly for personal preference, but also partly just to make it faster… prep and cooking time total around 20 minutes.

Marinara Sauce

2 Tbsp Olive Oil (I really just splash some in the pan so there is enough to fry the onion in)
2 garlic cloves, minced (I use pre-minced from Costco)
1 small onion, diced
1 14-16 oz can tomato sauce (I always use Hunts, it tastes better)
1 6 oz can tomato paste (also prefer Hunts)
1 14-16 oz can stewed tomato, do not drain! (I usually use petite diced for smoother sauce, once did the jalapeno kind, and it was a great spicy version)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp basil
1-2 tsp oregano

The garlic, onion, salt, basil and oregano are pretty flexible, use more or less depending on what you have on hand or your preferences, I often skip on the oregano and go heavy on the basil and garlic

Dice the onion, put it in the pot with the oil on medium to brown.

Once the onion is golden, toss in the garlic to roast it a little.

Add the canned ingredients, then the rest, stir

Cook for 5-20 minutes.

If you are using larger stewed tomatoes, you will want to cook a little on the longer side, so they can soften, if you are using diced you wont need to.

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