If you like your marinara on the sweet side, then this simple recipe is for you. Red wine, lots of fresh basil and oregano, and a little brown sugar create a delicious homemade sauce.
This Sauce Has a Story
Over the past few years I've been on a secret quest to develop to my own "family" recipe for marinara. I have nothing against an easy jar sauce but I love the idea and taste of sauce that's been simmering on the stove all day. I've tried a lot of different combinations and even written some of them down. But finding something that both me and my husband think is better than the jar stuff has been tricky.
Several years ago I had a student at UNF pass on their grandmother's sauce recipe to me. I'm not sure what her name is or what her story is, but her marinara sauce was a little sweet, really fantastic and definitely easy.
Since then I've been playing with the recipe for a couple of months to come up with my own version that the Braddocks like. I think this recipe nails the right combination of ingredients that make a mouth-watering, simple and sweet marinara sauce.
This Simple and Sweet Marinara uses some very simple ingredients.
- Olive Oil - You can use your favorite type. I like extra virgin for this recipe.
- Yellow Onion - I personally prefer the flavor of yellow onion but you can use any type.
- Garlic - Fresh cloves are ideal.
The Secret Ingredient Is...
I've discovered the key to a great marinara sauce is time. The more time the better. My last batch simmered for about 4 hours. I have also thrown all the ingredients (after sautéing aromatics and browning meat) in a slow cooker and left it on low all day. This is a great option if you are not going to be home.
Can you Make a Double Batch?
Make a double batch of this awesome sauce and freeze it to make another meal quick and easy in the future. I've now used this on spaghetti and in homemade ziti. The touch of brown sugar and lots of fresh basil add a wonderful faint sweetness that balances really well with the depth of the red wine (a must use ingredient).
Are Canned Tomatoes Healthy?
Don't forget that canned tomato products offer great nutritional value! The antioxidant lycopene has been found to be more readily available to our bodies in processed tomato products than in fresh. One study also found that a diet rich in tomato paste can even help protect your skin from sun burn. So cool! This doesn't mean you should stop eating delicious, fresh tomatoes, but it means that tomatoes are one canned vegetable that offer amazing health benefits.Print