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22 December, 2013

Marinara Sauce

Posted in : Dinner, Freezer Friendly, Make Ahead on by : Pamela Reynoso

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I love making marinara sauce.  I definitely don’t have a traditional recipe , which includes a lot of yummy meat which is served separately, but this one is so good and, as you can see, gets them to eat some veggies. I start by sautéing chopped carrots, celery, and onions in olive oil with some salt and pepper.  This step makes the house smell so good.  I then add cans of tomato sauce. You can add crushed tomatoes if you like, I don’t because my husband doesn’t like tomatoes.  I then add a few crushed garlic cloves. oregano, basil, or Italian seasoning and simmer for about an hour to thicken.  Once the sauce cools I store 2 cup servings in zip lock bags and freeze.

 

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What You Need:

2 Tablespoons Olive OilIMG_1796

1 Small Chopped Onion

4 Chopped Carrots

4 Stalks Chopped Celery

4 Cans Tomato Sauce

3 Crushed Garlic Cloves

2 Tablespoons Oregano

2 Tablespoons Basil

Salt and Pepper

What To Do:

Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan.  Add the onions, carrots, and celery and saute until the onions are translucent and the carrots and celery are soft, about 10 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce, herbs, and the crushed garlic.  Bring to a simmer, cover and let it works it’s magic for about an hour.  The goal is to reduce the sauce and intensify the flavors.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Note:  To store the sauce I use zip lock bags.  They are easy to store and once you are done with them their is no clean-up.

Simply label the bag with the name, date, and serving per bag.  Then stack on a cookie sheet and place in freezer.  Once they are frozen remove them from the cookie sheet and store them back in the freezer.

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