A good marinara sauce can really transform your dinner. It is something that should definitely be in your repertoire especially because it is so versatile. You can use it to make a dreamy paste or to top a cheesy pizza. You can even make a killer chicken parm with it. It is really hard to even put down the multitude of ways in which you can use a good marinara.

Garlic. I love my marinara with a ton  of garlic. You can use how much ever your palate can take but I would definitely suggest making it a good amount.

Tomatoes. I have used fresh tomatoes because I feel Indians never have canned tomatoes just sitting around at home. If you get beautiful San Marzano canned tomatoes then by all means go ahead and use them but fresh will do just fine. Since tomatoes make the bulk of the sauce, do try and source good quality tomatoes because it will make a huge difference.

Basil. I like to add the basil at the end of the cook and just before removing the saucepan from the heat. Basil is extremely heat sensitive so its best to not cook it for long.

Blend your marinara to the consistency that you prefer. Chunky or smoother. It is totally up to you. The only thing I would insist on is the cooking time. It needs a nice long simmer of around 40 minutes in total to achieve the correct flavour.

A total staple in my house and I am sure it will become the same in your's too!

AuthorAditiCategory, DifficultyBeginner

A classic marinara sauce made from fresh tomatoes which is simmered with garlic and herbs to produce the tastiest red sauce and beats store bought pasta sauce any day!

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time50 mins

 4 tbsp olive oil
 1 onion (finely chopped)
 4 garlic cloves (sliced)
 1 tsp dried oregano
 ½ tsp red chilli flakes
 5 tbsp red wine (optional)
 8 cups tomatoes (chopped)
 ½ cup water (optional)
 ¾ tsp sugar
 2 tbsp chopped basil
 to taste
 to taste

1

Warm up your olive oil in a pan and sauté the onion and garlic till soft. Put in the oregano and chilli flakes and allow it to cook for a minute.

2

Then pour in your red wine and allow it to reduce.

3

Add in the chopped tomatoes and let it cook down for around 20 minutes. Keep adding water to make sure that it remains saucy and not too dry. Remove from the heat, allow it to slightly cook and blend with an immersion blender. Place the marinara sauce back on the heat.

4

You can now sprinkle in your sugar, salt and pepper. Allow it to continue cooking for another 20 mins. Toss the basil leaves in the marinara sauce just before removing from the heat. Your marinara sauce is now ready!

Ingredients

 4 tbsp olive oil
 1 onion (finely chopped)
 4 garlic cloves (sliced)
 1 tsp dried oregano
 ½ tsp red chilli flakes
 5 tbsp red wine (optional)
 8 cups tomatoes (chopped)
 ½ cup water (optional)
 ¾ tsp sugar
 2 tbsp chopped basil
 to taste
 to taste

Directions

1

Warm up your olive oil in a pan and sauté the onion and garlic till soft. Put in the oregano and chilli flakes and allow it to cook for a minute.

2

Then pour in your red wine and allow it to reduce.

3

Add in the chopped tomatoes and let it cook down for around 20 minutes. Keep adding water to make sure that it remains saucy and not too dry. Remove from the heat, allow it to slightly cook and blend with an immersion blender. Place the marinara sauce back on the heat.

4

You can now sprinkle in your sugar, salt and pepper. Allow it to continue cooking for another 20 mins. Toss the basil leaves in the marinara sauce just before removing from the heat. Your marinara sauce is now ready!

Marinara (Pasta/Pizza) Sauce (Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegan)

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