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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Multi-Purpose Marinara Sauce

Oh, the magic of the smells floating through your house when a big pot of this wonderful Marinara sauce is on the stove top.

The longer it simmers, the more intense the flavor, and the thicker it becomes, making it a wonderful sauce in that you decide what the end result will be. Marinara sauce is so versatile. Dip mozzarella sticks into a hot pool of it, and you'll melt like the cheese that would taste great on top of it.

Pour it over a bed of pasta, doll it up further for use as a pizza sauce, there are so many things you can do with it.

Easily adapted if you wish to vary from the given recipe, so please, by all means, have fun with it. Add capers, add mushrooms, olives if you desire. Add more onion, less onion,
no onion. This is your sauce. Let's get started!

For a detailed, step-by-step tutorial with full instructions and a lot of pictures, please

  • 3 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 cups of chopped yellow onion (usually about 3 medium-ish onions)
  • 3 Tablespoons of minced / diced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds (crushed, if you prefer)
  • 2 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (not apple cider, not white)
  • 2 cups of fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth (no, you can't tell, and it's better for you)
  • 3 28-ounce cans of crushed tomatoes (you may use salt free if you wish to reduce sodium) 

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