How to Make Marinara sauce

How to Make Marinara sauce - 1 6
  • 800g fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional, for added richness)
Per serving
Calories: 70 kcal
Proteins: 2 g
Fats: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 7 g
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  • Start by blanching the tomatoes to easily remove the skin. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and using a knife, make a small “X” on the bottom of each tomato. Carefully place the tomatoes into the boiling water for about 30 seconds, then immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Once cooled, peel off the skin and chop the tomatoes.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the saucepan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer uncovered for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The tomatoes will break down and release their juices, resulting in a thickened sauce.
  • If you prefer a richer flavor, you can add a tablespoon of tomato paste to the sauce and stir until it’s fully incorporated. This step is optional but enhances the taste.
  • Once the sauce has simmered to your desired consistency, taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Using an immersion blender or a traditional blender (after the sauce has cooled slightly), blend the sauce until smooth. Be careful when blending hot liquids, and if using a traditional blender, blend in batches to avoid splattering.

Marinara sauce is a delightful and popular tomato-based sauce that hails from Italy. Its simplicity and robust flavor make it a favorite among many, as it can be used in a wide range of dishes. The combination of fresh tomatoes, herbs, and garlic creates a delicious sauce that is both comforting and versatile.

Facts about the sauce:

  1. The word “marinara” is derived from the Italian word “marinaro,” meaning “mariner” or “sailor.” It is believed that the sauce was created by sailors who used to make it onboard their ships with readily available ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, and herbs.
  2. While the classic recipe contains only a few ingredients, many variations of marinara sauce exist with additional elements like onions, carrots, celery, or even olives for added complexity.
  3. The bright red color of marinara sauce is due to the presence of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes. Lycopene is known for its potential health benefits, including reducing the risk of certain diseases.
  4. Marinara sauce is a cornerstone of Italian-American cuisine, and its popularity has spread worldwide, becoming a staple in many households and restaurants.
  5. The sauce’s balance of acidity and sweetness, along with the aromatic herbs, creates a harmonious flavor profile that enhances various dishes and leaves a lasting impression on the taste buds.
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