Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
16 ounces Crushed Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
0.5 cup, chopped Onion
6 large Garlic Cloves
6 Fresh Basil Leaves
0.5 cup Water
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
0.25 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
0.25 teaspoon (optional) Red Pepper Flakes
2 teaspoons (optional) Brown Sugar/Coconut Sugar
To Make The Spaghetti with Sauce
16 ounces Marinara Sauce
5 ounces Spaghetti
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tablespoon (per serving) Ricotta Cheese
for garnish Fresh Basil Leaves

Marinara Sauce

  • 60 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • To Make The Spaghetti with Sauce

Directions

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Easy, homemade marina sauce! Or as some like to call it – red sauce!

Just 8 simple ingredients and time is all you need for the most perfect marinara sauce.

Patience is definitely the name of this game because flavor develops over time when it comes to this red sauce.

But fear not, this recipe is very easy and hands-off. You just need to stir it every so often, grab a spoon and give it a taste once in a while!

 

 

 

Steps

1
Done

Quick Prep Work

Peel and lightly smash the garlic cloves with the back of your knife.

Peel and roughly chop the onion.

2
Done

Start The Sauce

To your sauce pot, add the olive oil and heat on medium heat.

Next, add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add the garlic cloves, stir and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Next, add the crushed tomatoes, water and basil leaves.

Cover the pot, and allow the sauce to simmer on low heat for 45 minutes.

Stir occasionally, one or two times is sufficient.

3
Done

Blend The Sauce

After 45 minutes, blend the sauce with an immersion blender or standing blender until smooth.

Add the sauce back to your sauce pot and season with salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes (only if you like it a bit spicy) and a little bit of brown sugar or coconut sugar.

Stir to combine then cover and simmer on low heat for another 15-20 minutes.

4
Done

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

To serve the sauce with spaghetti, cook the spaghetti in a pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoon of salt 2-3 minutes less than the time listed on the package directions.

Before draining the pasta, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

Next, add the marinara sauce to a large skillet and and heat on medium low heat.

Add the al-dente spaghetti to the sauce. Using tongs toss the spaghetti in the sauce so that every strand is well coated.

Next, add a splash (1/4 cup) of the reserved pasta water. This will thin out the sauce slightly, add more flavor and make it more silky.

Now, add the balsamic vinegar and stir/toss again.

Allow the pasta to cook through completely while stirring and tossing for a couple of minutes.

5
Done

Serve

Add the pasta to a warm bowl and top with ricotta cheese, a light drizzle of balsamic and olive oil and a couple of basil leaves for garnish.

Joni

Hi guys, so glad you are here! My food blog is about easy, colorful and mostly healthy recipes. I grew up in Germany and have been in the states since 2002. Currently, I am living in sunny Miami, FL! Please leave me a comment if you have questions or recipe requests and also follow me on social media via @foodbyjonister. Happy cooking and eating!

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Oh I love this easy and homemade Marinara Sauce Joni and good timing;
just made some of my thin crispy dough for pizza -:)

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