I’m a big fan of marinara sauce. Mostly for dipping mozzarella sticks into (confession, mozzy sticks are my ultimate. If I see it on a menu, I have to order it and it HAS to come with marinara sauce).
I love making my own marinara sauce because it’s so easy and will taste much better than from a jar. You can adjust the flavours based on what you want. Spicy, salty, more sweet even. I personally like it with a bit of heat to it, not too much but just a little.
Sometimes I won’t use chopped up onions, and sometimes I add in some depending on what I want the consistency to be. The chopped up onions will add in some more texture and won’t be as smooth, but you could also blend it up at the end to make it more smooth.
Often I just stick in a whole onion to get the flavour, and then remove it at the end.
This is my very simple recipe.
2 jars of canned whole peeled tomatoes
1 onion – 1/4 of it chopped up into little bits
2/3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste
Chili flakes if you want
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
Before putting in the tomatoes, run a knife through them in the can so it breaks them up a bit.
Heat up the olive oil in a pan and add in the garlic, chopped onion, mixed herbs and chili flakes. After a couple of minutes, add in the jars of tomato and the onion. Let it all simmer for 25-30 minutes. Stirring and adding in salt for the taste.
There you go. Fresh marinara sauce that you can jar and have in the fridge.
Sidenote – sometimes you can add in some fresh basil to the sauce. Personally I love basil – the smell, the taste, so if I have it, I will add it in.