Homemade Italian Marinara Sauce or Tomato Sauce

Homemade Italian marinara sauce or italian style tomato sauce for pasta
Homemade Italian Marinara Sauce
This easy homemade Italian Marinara sauce is a classic tomato sauce used as a base for pasta and pizza. It is a zero fuss and a very easy sauce with very few ingredients. You can make a variety of dishes with this sauce as a base even in Indian cooking.
 
Serves: 1 bottle (400 gms)
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Availability: Its better to use canned /tinned tomatoes for this recipe. But I am also sharing method using regular tomatoes below
Ingredients:
 
  1. 1 can of Peeled Tomatoes (I use Australian wine grown peeleed tomatoes) or 5 whole regular tomatoes
  2. 1 small Onion, finely chopped
  3. 5 bulbs of Garlic, bashed and finely diced
  4. 1 tsp Salt
  5. 1 tsp, freshly ground Black Pepper
  6. 1 tbsp, Tomato Ketchup
  7. 1 tbsp, Olive Oil
  8. 1 tbsp, Parsley, finely chopped
  9. 1 tsp fresh Oregano, finely chopped
Method:
 
  1. If you are using fresh tomatoes, follow the steps below, else move to the Step 2
    1.  In a saucer add 2 glasses of water and a pinch of salt and let it boil
    2. Then add whole tomatoes to boiling water and let it simmer till you can see the tomato peels starting to come off. It will take a minute or two.
    3. Remove the tomatoes using a slotted spoon from the water and place it in a bowl
    4. Once you can handle the hot tomatoes by hand, remove the peel
  2. In a hot pan, add the oil and garlic. Fry for 30 seconds till the garlic is fragrant
  3. Now add the onions in full flame and continuously stir till the onion are pink and start to leave oil
  4. Add the tomatoes whole if you like or chopped roughly, mix and let it cook for 20-25 mins with a lid on in low flame. Stir occasionally breaking the tomatoes down with your spindle
  5. Once the tomatoes are broken down and cooked, add salt, pepper, ketchup parsley and oregano. Stir well.
  6. Taste for seasoning. You may want to add some more ketchup or sugar if the tomatoes are sour
  7. Take off heat and let it cool completely. Store in a air tight container and refrigerate
Food Marriage Tips:
  1. Cooking becomes easy when you prep in advance. I make different kind of sauces over the weekend and keep it in my fridge. It makes life simple as I can turn around quick dishes for dinner during weeknights.
  2. You can use Marinara sauce for making quick pasta, risotto, salads, tossed vegetables.
  3. I also use it as marinade for chicken cubes or breast. Indian curries when you need tomato puree/tomatoes.
  4. This sauce will taste great even if you don’t have parsley and oregano. Replace it with any herbs you have at home

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