Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Super Easy and Delish Marinara

I grew up in a home where we never had spaghetti from a jar. I think it is because my mom didn't like all the veggies in it. As a matter of fact there were very few veggies that we were forced to eat as kids, mostly because my mom couldn't stand them! So as adults my siblings and I all eat a large variety of veggies and really like them. So in comes my sauce. My mom would just open up a couple of cans of tomato sauce and season it with your basic italian seasonings and some onion and garlic salts. When Lance and I got married this is basically what I made for him, he was okay with it. One day I decided to use diced onions in it. MMM tasted pretty good, so after a little while of that I decided to start adding diced tomatoes. You can probably see where this is going. So eventually I ended up with what is my marinara sauce today. I am going to toot my own horn here for a second, anytime we are having a family function where my mom is making Lasagne she asks me to make the sauce (TOOT TOOT). The sad part is there really is no recipe, there are the basic ingredients that I use and then I will finely shred or puree whatever veggies I have in the house and hide them in the sauce. So here is what I do.

I start by dicing onions and throwing them in the pot with a little EVOO,

I add a couple of cloves of pressed garlic.

After about 3-5 minutes I add a can of diced tomatoes and any other veggies I am smuggling into the sauce

Then I add 2-3 cans of tomato sauce.

Then comes the wheel, Lance used to ask how do I make this, this was the way that I came up with to show him what to do.
That is my wheel or flower of herbs. I use oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil and parsley. I also season it with salt and pepper. Use as much or as little as you like.
While this is going you should have been cooking your noodles. These are my favorite and wished they came in more varieties. They are a multigrain pasta that tastes like regular pasta.
This literally takes about 25 minutes to prepare and it tastes fantastic! No preservatives and it tastes fresh! This is the bowl that I scooped up quickly for myself as I was headed out the door to a YW Volleyball game.

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