Basic Marinara Sauce:
Yeah! It’s Friday again…time just keeps flying by. It’s been beautiful weather all week here on the west coast and I’ve been working on my vegetable and herb garden as well as shopping at the local farmers markets. I bought some great looking organic tomatoes at the Hollywood Farmers Market this past weekend and I needed to use them before they went bad. My own tomato plants haven’t started to fruit as of yet since I got a late start on my garden.
What’s more hearty than a Basic Marinara Sauce done right?
I’m feeling a great weekend!
Ali in the Valley
Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe:
2 large yellow onions, peeled and diced 2 Tbsp olive oil 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced (about 2 Tbsp) 2 Tbsp dried mixed herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, etc) 1/2 cup red wine 12 cups peeled and seeded fresh ripe tomatoes salt and pepper to taste
In a large soup pot, heat up the olive oil. Add the onions and cook slowly on medium heat until they start to caramelize. They should be evenly brown and soft. Cooking them this way brings out the natural sweetness in the onions. Add the garlic and dried herbs and cook for 5 minutes.
Deglaze the pan with the 1/2 cup of red wine and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the tomatoes and their juice and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook on low, stirring occasionally for about 2 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.