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Simple Marinara

Simple Marinara

After a busy weekend I wasn’t up for cooking much. I grabbed a few items from the pantry and refrigerator and threw this marinara together. I let mine simmer for a couple of hours but it would also be just great after 30 minutes. I served it over angel hair pasta (my daughter’s favorite) but it would also be great with any other pasta, lasagna, or on chicken parmesan. My daughter said it was the best I’ve ever made and way better than store bought. My husband, son, and I all thought it was delicious.

Simple Marinara

Heat the olive oil in a small Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce. Using an immersion blender (or blender), blend the canned whole tomatoes. Pour them into the Dutch oven and stir until well combined. Cover with a lid and let simmer for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Taste and season with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and a touch of sugar (if desired). Add the chopped basil and ladle over prepared pasta. Enjoy.

Simple Marinara

 

Simple Marinara

Simple Marinara

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/4 tsp of dried oregano
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes more if you want it spicy
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes (blended)
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Pinch of sugar if desired
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a small Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce. Using an immersion blender (or blender), blend the canned whole tomatoes. Pour them into the Dutch oven and stir until well combined. Cover with a lid and let simmer for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Taste and season with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and a touch of sugar (if desired). Add the chopped basil and ladle over prepared pasta. Enjoy.
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9 Comments

  1. The sauce looks perfect Pam but you are way more ambitious than me. My idea of not much cooking is a grilled cheese sandwich 🙂

  2. It’s a perfect lunch or dinner idea for freezing days like today in Amsterdam!

  3. I use tomato paste and a couple of cans of water in lieu of tomato sauce, but my procedure is pretty much the same as yours. It’s great on a cold day.

  4. Cindy Robinson says:

    I love all yor recipes, this one looks soooo good. Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods!! Cant wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing all your love and passion!!

  5. Having good tomato sauce in the fridge for random pasta nights is always a good thing! Love how easy this is.