In my quest to continue learning new things in 2011, my project for January was to make homemade marinara sauce for use with spaghetti, as pizza sauce, etc.
I didn’t realize how simple this process was! I tried a couple of different recipes, and this one is the winner so far. I clipped the original recipe from a magazine and adapted it a bit. Not wanting to have an abundance of sauce that we might not like, I halved the recipe. Next time, I’ll double it to have extra to use in other dishes or to freeze for later.
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Sea salt and black pepper
1/2 tablespoon oregano
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, red-pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a dash of pepper. Simmer, covered, until thickened, about 25 minutes. Stir in oregano, season to taste with additional salt and pepper, and serve.
Thanks to those of you who shared your sauce recipes when I posted about this last month! I’m going to try a couple more before I settle on my favorite.
I was surprised at how much we liked the “kick” the red pepper flakes gave the sauce. Do you have a secret ingredient that you add to make yours special?
photo courtesy public domain pictures
Linked to Tasty Tuesday hosted by Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.