Makes 4 servings
This tastes so fresh whether you use canned or fresh tomatoes. It has just the right amount of onions, garlic, and herbs to make it perfect. I've used it in everything-spaghetti, pizza, and lasagna. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare, so it's great for last-minute meals or company. I have been canning jars of marinara sauce for the past few years when I have plenty of tomatoes.
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, thinly minced
1 (28 oz) can of whole or chopped tomatoes if whole,
chop in a can with kitchen scissors
1 bay leaf (optional)
½ tsp salt
Herbs of choice: basil, thyme, oregano
(½ tsp if fresh, ¼ tsp if dry)
1. Saute the onions in the olive oil over medium heat until soft and
translucent; add the garlic and saute briefly for 30 seconds.
2. Add the tomatoes and juice to the pan with the onions and garlic.
3. Add the herbs and bay leaf to the sauce.
4. Simmer sauce until slightly reduced and thickened. Remove
bay leaf if used.
Basic Ingredients for Marinara Sauce
If I have any fresh tomatoes on hand, I like
to roast thick slices, then quarter them
and add them to the sauce. If you love
the flavor of garlic, roast some extra
cloves and drop them in the sauce.