Thursday, August 30, 2012

Easy Marinara

I hardly ever used jarred spaghetti sauce.  It so easy to make at home.  Usually I make a big batch and freeze some of it.  Every time I do it a little different, but here is the basic easy marinara.

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic*
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes*
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Penzey's Pasta Sprinkle
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • dash of red pepper flakes for some spice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil


In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden, being careful not to burn. Add tomatoes, bay leaf, oregano, pasta sprinkle, red pepper, and salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, and then simmer on low for 20 minutes.  Add fresh basil. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Serve on pasta, pizza, casserole, or anything else that calls for marinara sauce! This is easy to freeze and defrost in the microwave when you are ready to use it. 

*I like to use crushed garlic in a jar because it is quick and easy.  1/2 tsp equals approximately 1 clove)

*If you would like it chunkier, substitute  1 14oz can diced tomatoes + 1 14oz can of tomato sauce for the crushed tomatoes, or if you would like it thicker add some tomato paste to it. 

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