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I love a good pasta sauce. I love a good tomato based pasta sauce. And bonus to a good pasta sauce that can be made in under 30 minutes. You can cook this sauce longer but it's really not necessary. This simple sauce is full of flavour and is a great base for any dish that requires a red sauce like meatballs, pizza, braising liquid, lasagna, casseroles, or a base sauce for grains or veggies.
I used canned tomatoes in this recipe which makes it accessible at any time of the year. Whole, peeled canned tomatoes along with tomato sauce give this dish the perfect texture. The whole tomatoes break down quite well but still give it some texture. If you want a smoother sauce you can take a hand held or regular blender to it for a minute or so until you like the consistency.
We love this sauce with meatballs, zoodles or my son's favourite sourdough pasta noodles. This recipe makes about 6 cups of sauce. If you want to store some for later, let the sauce cool and pour it into a glass jar or tupperware and freeze for later use. Even better, double up on the batch for several jars which can be pulled out for a delicious base that'll add oomph to any dish!
Simple Marinara Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
28 oz can peeled whole tomatoes
15 oz can tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fresh basil and parsley
Fresh cracked black pepper
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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