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Best Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe

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Lindsey Hickey
Added: Thursday, August 27, 2009


Best Basic Marinara Sauce:
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (1 medium yellow onion)
1 tsp. minced garlic (2 cloves garlic)
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
2 (28-oz.) cans whole peeled tomatoes
2 (15-oz.) cans tomato sauce
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. sugar

1 large egg
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. ketchup
1/2 tsp. salt

In a medium, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, salt, basil, oregano and black pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, 5 minutes. Place the tomatoes in a large bowl and squeeze to break into small pieces. Add the tomato paste and tomatoes and boil, stirring every now and then for about five minutes. Now add the tomato sauce and sugar to the pot and stir well. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally with a heavy wooden spoon. Makes about 10 cups of sauce.




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