Alright, I’m going to get back to a few basics. The reason for this post is, I’ve been thinking, here I am learning all this cool new stuff about vegetarianism and veganism and it’s great. At the same time I feel like I am missing some of my favorite foods that were really great vegetarian or vegan meal options, but I just never really gave it a second thought.
So, here is a VERY SIMPLE marinara sauce you can make at home with a can of crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic and sugar.
Here’s an idea, a tweak I would suggest, because not everyone has 3 types of canned tomatoes in their home, if you only have diced tomatoes (Costco sells them by the dozen and organic) just throw a can into the blender, Vitamix, Magic Bullet whatever you have at home and turn those diced tomatoes into crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Save yourself an extra trip to the grocery store. Costco also sells organic minced garlic, thank you very much Costco. As far as sugar, they have organic sugar at Costco too. Heck if you need a Magic Bullet or Vitamix, Costco has those too (LOL).
Okay this post is beginning to sound like a Costco advertisement, which it is not, but I am all about simplification and if you can find everything you need in one stop, why not take advantage of that time saver and save a bit of dollars in the process.
So, give this recipe a try and enjoy. Once you learn how to make a basic marinara sauce you’ll be cooking up a lot of fabulous pasta dishes in no time. Oh and marinara sauce works great as pizza sauce too. Oh and for dipping freshly baked bread sticks, YUM!
You’ll find many uses for this versatile pasta sauce. Let tomatoes, garlic, sugar, parsley, garlic powder, oregano and basil go for a nice, slow simmer with zesty jolt of flavor from capers and crushed red pepper.