Marinara Sauce

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Marinara is an Italian sauce made of fresh Roma tomatoes, herbs, onions, garlic flavored and seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and salt. In India often Marinara sauce is also called as Italian tomato sauce. In the USA Marinara sauce is extensively used. One can easily find bottled marinara sauce in the supermarkets but nothing can beat homemade food. Homemade sauce is fresh, aromatic and certainly tastier. Make marinara sauce when my garden is in full swing with tomatoes and freeze it for winters when organic tomatoes are very expensive. Marinara sauce is used in Pizzas, pastas etc. I have made some alternations in the recipe to make it a little healthier and even tastier. Please try this recipe and as always do share your comments. With best wishes, Shuchi

macaroni pasta in marinara sauce

Ingredients (makes about 3 cups sauce)

  • Red Roma tomatoes 1 kg/ 2 pound
  • Carrots 2 medium
  • Olive oil ¼ cup
  • *Red onion 1 small finely chopped
  • Basil leaves hand full about 1 cup leaves
  • Fresh oregano leaves 2 tbsp 0r dried oregano powder 1½ tsp or to taste
  • Salt 1½ tsp or to taste
  • Black pepper, Freshly ground to taste
  • Red chili flakes to taste
  • Sugar 1 tsp

Method of preparation

  1. Wash and cut each tomatoes into 4 quarters.
roma tomatoes
homegrown roma tomatoes
  1. Wash and chop the basil leaves. (instead of chopping I like to tear the basil leaves by hand). If you do not find fresh basil leaves, use dried ones. Wash the oregano leaves. You can also use dried oregano leaves.
basil leaves
homegrown basil leaves
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan/ wok. Add finely chopped onions. Sauté for a minutes or until onions are translucent.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, chopped carrots, salt, red chili flakes, and freshly ground black pepper in the sautéed onions. Mix well.
  3. Mix well and let it cook on medium to low heat for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes carrot and tomato pieces will be cooked. Mask it with the masher to smoothen it. Cook for about another 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is thick and smooth. Add basil leaves and oregano. Mix well.
marinara sauce
marinara sauce
  1. Marinara sauce is ready to use. It can be sored in fridge for a couple of days. You cal also store it in the freezer and use it later.
  2. Use Marinara sauce in pasta or in pizza as required.
  3. Read the recipe of Pasta in marinara sauce.
pasta in marinara sauce

Some Tips/ Suggestions:

  1. In traditional Italian cooking minced garlic is also used; since I do not use garlic in my cooking but feel free to add garlic with onions in the sauce.
  2. I have used a couple of carrots to make this recipe mild and tasty and also to give a slight sweetness to this recipe. Carrot also helps in balancing the sour flavor of tomatoes.
  3. You can add fresh hers or dried Italian herbs as per taste and availability.
  4. You can easily grow Italian hebs at home from seeds or from a baby plant. Read more about vegetable gardening.
italian herb oregano

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