You Will Never Go Back to Jarred Sauce
Making marinara sauce is easy with very little hands on time and the results are worth the effort. I make this recipe in bulk, freezing in pint containers. Freezing insures it is available to use when making a quick bolognaise sauce for pasta or lasagna. Add some chopped up vegetables and top a spaghetti squash, and it makes a quick vegetarian, low carb meal any night of the week.
I make marinara from scratch for the same reason I make many of the things we eat, I like to know what is in my food. The best benefit, however, is the taste and quality is far superior to any jarred sauce available on the supermarket shelf.
Having a pot of homemade goodness simmering on the stove makes your house smell like a home.
Makes 8 pints (can easily be cut in half)
2 28oz cans of fire roasted tomatoes, I use Muir Glen
4 28oz cans of good quality San Marzano* tomatoes
Garlic 8-10 good sized cloves, peeled and chopped
2 cups good red wine, I use a Bordeaux style, Meritage
3 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon kosher salt, tasting your food several times to determine if more is needed
Fresh Basil, small bunch, chopped
Heat garlic and olive oil in the pan, I use a large Dutch oven that holds around 6 quarts. Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning, Salt and Pepper. Add wine, cover and simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add chopped basil to finish. Let cool, divide sauce into 8 plastic pint containers** Do not fill all the way to the top, contents will expand slightly when frozen. Freeze and thaw when needed for a quick meal.
*Real San Marzano tomatoes come from a small town in Italy. You will pay a premium for these tasty tomatoes and it is worth it, however, there are many brands of canned tomatoes, such as Muir Glen, that are excellent in both quality and taste. I use can tomatoes because the roma tomatoes available in our supermarkets, in my opinion, have no taste.
San Marzano tomatoes only come canned and are either whole or in fillets. To identify “real” San Marzano tomatoes look for the following on the label “Pomodoro San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese Nocerino D.O.P.”
**plastic containers, similar/the same as, you would get when ordering hot soup from your favorite chines take out, are available online or at your local restaurant supply store.