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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Quick and Easy Marinara

A quick homemade sauce can elevate even plain noodles and sauce into a praise-worthy dish. I love making homemade meatballs, lasagna, and chicken parmigiana and love that this sauce is tasty, flavorful, and ready in under an hour.

You'll Need:

olive oil
yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
1 Tb honey (or sugar)
1 can tomato paste
2 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh parsley (or 1 Tb dried)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
2 bay leaves
2 Tb butter (optional but recommended)

Getting Started:

Dice your onion.

Press or mince your garlic.

Chop parsley if using fresh.

Open the cans of crushed tomatoes and tomato paste.

Now You're Cookin':

Start by putting approximately 1 Tb olive oil in a large saute pan.

Heat oil over medium heat.

Once the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the diced onions and saute until translucent (approximately 3-5 minutes).

Add the garlic and saute for another minute.

Add 1 Tb honey to the pan and stir to incorporate.

Add the can of tomato paste the to pan and stir to incorporate.

Add both cans of crushed tomatoes, water, bay leaves, parsley, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes and stir to incorporate.

Simmer for as long as you have (ideally at least 30 minutes) and then swirl in butter to finish.

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