Everyone should have a recipe for marinara sauce and this is my go-to one. I love the richness of the flavor and it always comes out perfect. I hope you enjoy this simple and tasty sauce.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- 1 carrot peeled and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 28-ounce each cans crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter optional
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat until hot.
- Add onion and cook until onion is soft and translucent about 3-4 minutes
- Add garlic and saute for 1- 2 minutes.
- Add carrot, celery, and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook until all vegetables are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, and bay leaves and simmer, covered, on low for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally to make sure the sauce isn't sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Cook until slightly thickened and the vegetables are tender.
- Stir in brown sugar, butter(if using) and stir to combine.
- Remove the bay leaves.
- In a blender ( I use my ninja) blend the sauce until smooth.
- Return to pot and heat or you can freeze it once it has cooled completely.
This recipe can also be doubled.