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Marinara sauce

“Italian gravy”
There may be as many marinara sauces as there are Italian grandmothers. Here is a classic version made with fresh ingredients.

Serve on top of your favorite pasta. Smother over Parmesan chicken. Or use as a sauce for dipping bread sticks.

  12-15 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  5 garlic cloves, minced
  1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  2 tbsp fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
  2 tbsp olive oil
  1 large onion, diced
  1/2 cup red wine
  Salt and pepper to taste


In a food processor place tomatoes, basil, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.

In a large skillet over medium heat sauté the finely chopped onion in olive oil for 2 minutes. Add the blended tomato sauce and red wine.

Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Fun Variations

Add mushrooms.

Add homemade meatballs or Italian sausage.

Dried herbs hold their flavor much longer than fresh herbs when slow cooking. So if you prefer using fresh herbs, add them at the end of the cooking process, just before serving.

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