When I was a kid one of my favorite meals was my mother’s spaghetti with home made marinara sauce. I often took pride in knowing that her recipe was passed down from generation to generation, but I never knew exactly what was in the sauce.
I hounded my mother for her recipe for years but unfortunately I never got it before she passed away. After years of researching and trial and error, I’ve managed to re-construct her recipe as close as I could get it.
My intention on this recipe is to make it as fool proof as possible while staying true to the authenticity of a well made marinara sauce. I love using fresh oregano and basil in my marinara, it gives it a different flavor that I personally love. They issue i run into is that with the basil, it will turn the sauce dark if you throw it in to early
If you feel comfortable with using fresh fresh oregano and basil by all means be my guest!IF you do use fresh I would suggest putting them in in the last hour of simmering. It doesn’t take long for the flavors to incorporate into the sauce and if you cook them for too long it will give your sauce a dark color
The point of the carrots, onion and garlic is to break down into the sauce, not play a major role in the sauce. chopping them as fine as possible allows this to happen.
Ever seen the movie Goodfellas? Well he wasn’t kidding about keep an eye on the sauce! Make sure you stir the sauce every 15-20 minutes so that the sauce doesn’t stick to the pot and start burning.
You’ll ruin the whole pot if you don’t stir. There will be bits of burnt sauce floating around in the sauce and will make it bitter.
This is usually a good time to get the kids involved! It’ll become a tradition and they’ll love that they helped with dinner!
Sometimes depending on the brand of tomatoes you use you’re sauce may be to thing towards the end. I will keep a can 8 oz can of tomato paste on hand and in the the last hour, dump the tomato paste into the sauce, this will thicken it up.
You may notice that you’re marinara appears a bit “chunky” if you like the texture then leave as is. Depending how i’m serving it i sometimes take the serving for that night and put it in a blender for a bout 30 seconds to get a smooth texture. For a simple spaghetti sauce I like to blend it. If i’m using it in other dishes or as a dipping sauce I’ll leave it as is. Here’s a close up of the sauce blended.. for science.
Unless you’re serving a family of 12 there’s no way you’re going to use all this sauce in one sitting. Get some containers and store about 2 cups of the sauce in each container. It keeps for about 6 months in the freezer. I’ll be posting other ways to use the sauce soon!