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Marinara sauce

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A savory tomato sauce that King Neptune could be proud of, this marinara can be used in pasta, pizza and casserole dishes.

Prep time: 10 minutes  

Total time: 45 minutes  

Yield: About 1 1/2 quarts


  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 12 ounces water
  • 28 ounces stewed plum tomatoes with juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
Cooking directions
  1. Combine tomato paste, water and tomatoes in blender. Process until smooth and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in large heavy-bottomed pot. Add onion and garlic, sautee 5 to 6 minutes, until tender. Add dried herbs. Cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add salt and pepper. Stir.
  3. Add tomato puree to pot and stir. Bring to a low boil, about 10 minutes. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.