All-Purpose Marinara Sauce
I have really, really learned to love the lighting in our new house. We have an amazing sun porch with white walls and windows all around which makes the perfect condition for photographing food. The downside? We have an amazing sun porch with windows ALL around. It is hottttt in there, you guys!
I’m not complaining…I’m really ready for this weather. Barring a few thunderstorms here and there, the weather right now is beautiful. We have beautiful sunrises and even more beautiful sunsets. The problem I’m facing happens because of those beautiful sunsets. By the time I get home from work, get dinner or dessert made and am ready to photograph, the hot evening sun is beating in and by the time I’m done photographing, I am literally drenched in sweat.
But this marinara sauce – totally worth the effort! And partially so because it only takes 15 minutes to make and tastes like it’s been simmering all day long. I have shared a few pasta sauces along the way but felt the need to create and share an all-purpose marinara sauce because everyone needs quick, go-to recipe for simple weeknight dinners. Use this for pasta, for dipping mozzarella sticks, chicken parmesan, meatballs (hint, hint!) and the list goes on.
Quick All-Purpose Marinara Sauce
Yield: 3 cups
Total Time: 15 min
A quick and simple recipe for a flavorful, multi-purpose marinara sauce.
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 Tbs. tomato paste
2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
1 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
salt & pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly until very fragrant and golden brown, about 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, sugar and red pepper flakes and stir well. When the sauce starts bubbling, reduce the heat to low and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Do all that you can to use fresh herbs in this recipe. But if you can't find them, use dried - 1 tablespoon of each: basil and oregano.