A STAPLE SAUCE. MAKE IT. FREEZE IT. ALWAYS HAVE IT IN THE HOUSE.
Ellen’s Simple Marinara Sauce
2 large cloves garlic, smashed & minced
1 large can (28oz) of diced or crushed tomatoes – I used the equivalent from a glass jar (Bionatura brand)
1 large onion, medium dice
1/4t black pepper
1/4t cayenne (opt) or one whole small chili
1/4c extra virgin olive oil
1T maple syrup or agave
1t salt or to taste
1T-dried or fresh parsley *opt
In a large pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic with the sweetener until golden and soft. Add the tomatoes, parsley (dried), salt, black and red pepper. Add the water and allow the sauce to come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, adjust the seasonings. Add in the parsley (fresh).
At this point, the sauce is delicious as is or can be pureed to create a smoother sauce.
FOR A SMOOTHER SAUCE:
In batches, in a blender or vita mix*, puree the tomato sauce until desired consistency is achieved. Adjust the seasonings again after pureeing.
*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous.