Marinara Sauce

June 12, 2011 | In: Pasta, Sauce, Vegetarian

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This is a simple and delicious sauce. In America, it is known as Marinara Sauce, but in Italy, we call it ‘Simple Sauce’ (Sugo Semplice) because it doesn’t call for meat. This sauce is delicious with any kind of pasta you prefer. I also like to use this sauce on top of stemmed vegetables.  This is a great vegetarian option. I also use this sauce on my Eggplant Parmiggiana recipe


1 can (28oz) Tomato Sauce

1 can (28oz) Italian Peeled Tomatoes

1 small Onion diced

2 cloves Garlic

1 Carrot

1/3 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 strip of Red Bell Pepper (optional)

Handful of Basil leaves

Some Italian Parsley


Chop the onions very fine.

Saute the onion in olive oil for about 3 minutes.

While the onion is sauteing, add the Italian Peeled Tomatos to a bowl.

Blend the tomatoes well.

I use a hand blender, but you can also use a food processor

Set it aside

Add the garlic to the sauted onions

Add a pinch of salt

Add the can of tomato sauce

Add the blended Italian Peeled Tomatos

If the tomato sauce doesn’t have salt, add another pinch of salt to the sauce

Add a half cup of water.

Add the basil leaves and the strip of red bell pepper

Peeled and cut the carrot in half. Add it to the sauce. The carrot will help take away a bit of the acidity of the tomato sauce.

Stir all together and cook it in low heat for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Remove the carrots, basil and parsley from the sauce.

Enjoy, Buon Appetitto!

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