Per BF request, I took a shot at making marinara sauce. The jar sauce does leave something to be desired, but I guess I always assumed making sauce would be a long and painstaking process. When I saw the recipe for a QUICK marinara sauce, I thought I would give it a try! I’ve made it several times since and really enjoy the flavor. It goes well with pasta, mozzarella sticks, and even works well as a pizza sauce.
|1 tsp olive oil||1 tsp olive oil|
|2 cloves garlic, smashed||2 cloves garlic, smashed (If you use big pieces, it’s easier to pick it out at the end if you want to do so. Otherwise, chopping or mincing it would be just fine as well)|
|28 oz can crushed tomatoes (I like Tuttorosso)||28 oz can crushed tomatoes (I stuck with the Tuttorosso recommendation but may try another brand sometime)|
|1 small bay leaf||1 small bay leaf (I used the dry kind from the spice aisle, as I didn’t see any fresh ones at the store)|
|1 tsp oregano||1 tsp dried oregano|
|2 tbsp chopped fresh basil||1.5 tbsp chopped fresh basil, as 2 tbsp was a bit overpowering (I used the kind in the tube (still in the produce section), as the grocery store was actually OUT of fresh basil – shame on them! This worked well, though, and it keeps much longer than regular fresh basil)|
|salt and fresh pepper to taste||pinch of salt and pepper|
|1) In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden, being careful not to burn.||1) Smash garlic. Separately combine the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and bay leaf.|
|2) Add crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and bay leaf. Stir and reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer about 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add fresh basil.||2) In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden, being careful not to burn.|
|3) Add crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and bay leaf. Stir and reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer about 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add fresh basil.|
Source: Quick Marinara Sauce
It definitely is quick, as advertised, and is also very easy to make. One pot of sauce is enough for about 4 servings of pasta, with a little left over for mozzarella sticks, mini-pizzas, or whatever else you like!