Jarred sauces have their place, especially in a pantry designed to carry a family through extended power outages. However, it is nice to know that a basic marinara sauce requires few ingredients, minimal preparation, and only some time to simmer for robust flavor.
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
- 1 medium onion sliced thinly
- 2 28oz cans crushed tomatoes
- 2 14.5oz cans diced tomatoes (do not drain)
- ~ 1 Tsp Italian seasoning
- 2TBSP chopped parsley leaves (optional)
Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, stirring frequently. When the onion is soft add the Italian seasoning and stir for about 30 seconds, this helps develop the flavor in the hot oil. Add the tomatoes and heat through. Reduce the heat, add the parsley, and simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.
This sauce is suitable for freezing. I use freezer bags for liquids and lie them flat. Once frozen solid they are perfect for stacking. Be sure to clearly date and label the bags.
This sauce is also wonderful for adapting. Consider adding browned sausage and ground beef or sauteed vegetables such as zucchini, squash, and mushrooms. If you are stuck for ideas take a stroll down the Italian aisle at the supermarket and read the labels, I bet you will be inspired.