Creating your own marinara sauce is very easy and customizable. Just make sure you make this on a day where you will be home for the majority of the time. This is why this has become a Sunday tradition for us. We start the day with coffee, breakfast and slicing up raw tomatoes! We spend Sunday as a day to refresh, renew and prepare for the coming week and the smell of homemade marinara throughout the day is extremely comforting!
Here’s the basics of creating a good marinara sauce. Please edit to your likings and make this sauce your own!
1. Chop up 3-4 lbs of tomatoes. (We get them cheap at the farmers market by grabbing the super ripe tomatoes they want to get rid of) the riper the better!
2. Sautée 1 chopped onion and minced garlic (we use a lot but put in as much as you’re comfortable with) in extra virgin olive oil and a bit of butter until they are both soft.
3. Add any dried herbs you’d like such as rosemary, oregano, thyme. Add salt and pepper and stir everything together.
4. Deglaze the pan by adding either water, wine, chicken broth (we didnt have any of these so we used about half a can of Sapporo instead!)
5. Add the tomatoes to the pot.
6. Add more olive oil and herbs and stir it up!
7. Switch your heat to low ad cook it down for at least 4 hours, stirring throughout to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Mmmm, I’m going to give this a try for a pasta night.
Awesome! Let me know how yours turns out! Another option is to puree it a bit when it’s done to make even smoother but a chunkier sauce is yummy, too!
I will be sure to let you know.