Monday, January 17, 2011

Simple Marinara Sauce

This is the simplest marinara ever and one I turn to again and again. Double the recipe and freeze half. You can add herbs or sauteed vegetables with the onion to make a quick pasta sauce.

Note: I like to use good quality canned tomatoes here. San Marzanos come in several different brands (imported from Italy) and are delicious, but a bit more expensive. If you buy them whole, just crush them with your hands (remove any hard parts). I also like Muir Glen Organic.

Simple Marinara
makes 3-4 cups

1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed.
1/2 cup onion, chopped finely
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes with basil
1 bay leaf
Coarse salt
Fresh-cracked black pepper

Heat oil in a large pot and stir in the garlic and onion. Saute until onions are soft and translucent. Add tomatoes and bay leaf and let simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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