Authentic Italian Marinara Sauce
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Adapted from The Italian Mama's Kitchen.
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 3 cups
  • ¼ cup plus 2 TBLspn extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large cans whole plum tomatoes (low salt) (or 3⅓ cups fresh diced tomatoes)
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Freshly ground parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium.
  2. Add onion and saute until soft.
  3. Add garlic, salt and pepper. Saute 2 minutes more.
  4. Add tomatoes (with juice) and increase heat to med-high. If using whole plum tomatoes, break them up slightly in the pan with a wooden spoon.
  5. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer 20-30 minutes, until thickened.
  6. Stir in the basil last and serve over any pasta!
  7. Top with parmesan cheese (optional).
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