January 19th, 2013

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

(Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free/Soy-Free/Dairy-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Can Organic Diced/Crushed Tomatoes
  • Fresh Italian Herbs, finely chopped
    • Oregano
    • Marjoram
    • Tarragon
    • Basil
    • Cilantro
    • Parsley
  • Garlic Cloves
  • 1-2 Onion Bulbs (depends on how much you like onions, these can be diced or tossed in whole)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1-2 tsp Honey or Agave Nectar

Add tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic, salt, pepper, and honey to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer (Approx a handful of herbs, 4-6 garlic cloves, the onion, honey, and generous dashes of salt and pepper). Simmer for about 15 minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and serve.

*To thicken the sauce for a more hearty sauce add 1 small can of organic tomato paste.

**TRY THIS: I often will saute diced onions, peppers, and garlic in olive oil and then add the rest of the ingredients for a slightly roasted taste in the sauce. You could use a mix of diced/crushed tomatoes with sun-dried tomatoes as well.

*Note: You can use all dried herbs to season the sauce to taste if you do not have fresh herbs on hand. This sauce is so easy and quick to make, you never have to buy pre-made sauces again. You can use Canned Diced or Crushed Tomatoes and add Tomato paste to thicken the sauce for a more hearty sauce. You can Can these sauces yourself or even freeze them in a Freezer Ziplock Bag, add a date, and take it out when you need it. You just place the bag in a hot water bath and then transfer the sauce to a sauce pan and finish cooking. You can also add cooked meat to the tomatoes before cooking the sauce for a meaty  sauce.

 

**Making your own sauces are so easy and simple to do. You can add the flavors you enjoy most and season to taste. 

 

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