Best Marinara Sauce

By Mary Mechler Posted: May 10, 2010

This sauce is a great base for a meat sauce as well. Just add your meat of choice about 15 minutes before serving. We also make meatballs separately and freeze them. Then, it's easy to have pasta with meatballs. Just freeze them on a cookie sheet and move to a zipper bag when frozen. It's easy to take out as many as you need for a quick pasta meal. The sauce recipe also makes more than enough to freeze some for future use.

The sugar and milk really balance the acidity of all the tomato ingredients. Your taste may be a bit different, so try different amounts until you're satisfied with the end result.

Best Marinara Sauce

1 Medium Onion, chopped fine

1 Stalk Celery, chopped fine

2 Carrots, chopped fine

2 Cloves Garlic, chopped fine or put through a garlic press

1 28 oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes

1 16 oz. Can Tomato Sauce

1 6 oz. Can Tomato Paste

3/4 C. Red Wine

1 t. Basil

1/2 t. Oregano

1/2 t. Crushed Fennel Seed

1 t. sugar

2 T. Milk

1 t. Sea Salt

1/2 t. crushed Black Pepper

In a heavy pot, or dutch oven, heat about 2 T. olive oil. Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Saute over medium heat, stirring until the vegetables are soft, being careful not to burn the garlic.

Add the wine and allow to simmer until reduced until liquid is gone.

Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste, stirring to blend.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Mix in about 2 cups of water.

Let simmer for 1 to 2 hours until flavors blend and sauce thickens.

Pour over cooked pasta and serve with Parmesan Cheese.

You can also add cooked ground beef the last 15 minutes of simmering for a meat sauce.

If you do not use the entire recipe, it freezes well. I usually freeze it in single meal portions in zipper bags.

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