Quick and Affordable Sauce For Your Troubles

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a basic marinara sauce.  I use this to go with my homemade gnocchi.  Give it a shot!

This recipe makes about 4 cups.  I sometimes double this recipe so I can freeze the rest for later use.  You will need:

2 TBL olive oil                                                                                                                                     1 medium onion, peeled and chopped                                                                                               2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped                                                                                                  1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes                                                                                                        1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce                                                                                                                    1 tsp italian seasoning                                                                                                                        1 tsp agave nectar (you can use 1 tsp sugar)                                                                                    1/2 tsp salt                                                                                                                                            1/4 tsp black pepper

Step 1: Heat old in medium to large saucepan (depending on whether you’re making 1 or two batches) over medium-low heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Add tomatoes and their liquid, tomato sauce, herbs, agave nectar (or sugar if using), salt and pepper.  I will sometimes add 1 8 oz can of tomato paste if I want a thicket sauce.

Step 3: Bring sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.  I usually prepare the sauce a while before my pasta to let the sauce simmer for longer so the flavor builds.  Serve over your favorite pasta and store the rest in your freezer in an airtight container for 4 months.

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