Marinara Sauce

Image I promised you a few posts back that I would post the marinara sauce recipe that I made with my homemade meatballs.  I have come to really love making a homemade marinara sauce.  It is so much lighter and has a really great flavor.  You can use this sauce for a pasta recipe or a homemade pizza recipe (pictured below).  Here is the recipe...

Homemade Marinara Sauce

1 - 1 1/2 pounds of Roma tomatoes, peeled


1 large garlic clove, minced (or 2 small)

1/2 onion chopped (about 1 cup)

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional)

To peel tomatoes:  Score tomatoes with an 'X' lightly on one end.  Make sure to not go very deep, just right through the skin.  Bring a pot of water to boil.  Once water is boiling, drop in a couple of the tomatoes and leave for only a minute or maybe a little more.  Once you see the skin started to peel back then you know it is long enough.  Immediately remove the tomato and plunge it into very cold water.  Let the tomato cool in the water.  The skin will just peel right off!

Chop the peeled tomatoes and set aside.  Chop the onions.  Heat EVOO in a pan and add the garlic and the onions.  Cook until the onions are soft and more translucent in color.  Once onions are cooked, add the tomatoes and spices.  Bring the mixture to a light boil or bubble.  Once it is bubbling, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 10 mins.  Puree the sauce in a blender or with an emulsion blender.  If you aren't "dairy free", once it is pureed, mix in parmesan cheese.  Makes about 2 cups.

** You can also add cooked ground beef to make it a bolognese sauce.  I love doing this!

** Another variation would be added   1/2 - 1 cup milk or cream to make it a vodka sauce.  If you like a super creamy sauce    that is a GREAT option! :)  Enjoy!