Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Simple Marinara Sauce

Updated October 2020

Why buy marinara sauce in a jar, when you can make your own quite simply at home? In just a few minutes, and allowing some time for the sauce to simmer, you'll have a simple Marinara Sauce that's wonderful in all kinds of dishes: 
  • spaghetti
  • lasagna
  • baked ziti
  • rigatoni
  • eggplant Parmesan
  • zucchini Parmesan
  • chicken Parmesan

2 - 14.5 oz. can tomato sauce (make your own)
1 - 1.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (make your own)
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
1-2 tsp garlic powder (or more to taste)
2-3 tsp. Italian seasoning (more or less to taste)
1/2 cup red wine (optional, but it adds a lot of flavor)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb ground beef, browned (optional for Bolognese sauce)

Cook and simmer over low heat an hour of so, until sauce has thickened some and seasonings have blended in.

Taste sauce and adjust all seasonings as necessary, to taste.

Serve immediately over your favorite pasta, or use in pasta/veggie dishes you need to bake.



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