Marinara Sauce: Marinara sauce is a southern Italian tomato sauce usually made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and onions. Its many variations can include the addition of capers, olives and spices.It is occasionally sweetened with a dash of red wine.Traditional southern Italian cuisine uses this sauce to add flavor to pasta, rice, seafood and pizza.
Ingredients (makes 6 cups):
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, grated
- 2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 20 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Salt,to taste
- Ground black pepper, as per taste
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat.
- Add onions and garlic to the hot oil.
- Cook until the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
- Add the grated carrots and a pinch of salt.
- Cook another 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened.
- While the vegetables cook, open tomato cans.
- Pour tomatoes with juices into a large bowl.
- Use your hands or a potato masher to crush the tomatoes until desired sauce consistency.
- Add crushed tomatoes with all juices and bay leaf to the pan.
- Stir the sauce then bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
- Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Adjust the seasoning with salt and ground black pepper.
- Remove bay leaf and discard then stir in chopped basil.
- Cool and refrigerate up to one week or freeze up to 6 months.
- If the sauce is too bright or acidic, try adding a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity from the tomatoes.
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