Remember those lovely Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese Sticks I spotlighted for two of my favorite gals’ Bloggy Birthdays (which you did enter the giveaway, right?). Well, I played with a marinara sauce recipe from AllRecipes and, I have to say, IMO, this is the PERFECT easy homemade marinara sauce to go with. Don’t get me wrong, if you have a fave tried and true jarred sauce, by all means, feel free to use that with those toasty cheese sticks. However, if you want to whip up a sauce that is ready in about 40 minutes and has that long simmered flavor, then I have you covered. Plus – it’s perfect for your favorite pasta dishes which is never a bad thing, right?
This is the easiest ever sauce to make after a long day at the 9to9, a few ingredients, a bit of cathartic chopping, a quick saute followed by a sprinkle of freshness from herbs simmered for about 30 minutes and *viola*
And, when your mother in law asks you what jarred version you used for your pasta sauce, just smile sweetly and say, “Oh no – it’s this really easy recipe I whipped up from scratch” and bask in the culinary love.
On to the recipe:
Gather your ingredients
Browning the tomato paste for a moment before adding the tomatoes
The secret ingredient – a touch of brown sugar
Adding the fresh herbs
And there you go – an Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce that tastes like you cooked it for hours!
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 6 ounces of tomato paste (or 3- 4 ounces of double strength tomato paste)
- 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, minced
- 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano, minced
- 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, minced
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
- In a heavy bottom saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the diced onions to the pan and saute until translucent - about 5 minutes or so.
- Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
- Add the tomato paste and stir until the bright red turns a tad darker and takes on a brick colored hue.
- Pour in the crushed tomatoes and stir.
- Add the brown sugar and stir, making sure the sugar dissolves.
- Sprinkle in the parsley, oregano, basil and then follow with the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, mixing well.
- Bring everything up to a low simmer and let simmer on the stove for about 30 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
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