Thursday, April 14, 2011
Anyway - somewhere down the line I have just always been known as the kid who could eat her weight in spaghetti. I have tried to make a perfect marinara many times. This is probably as close as I have come. It is a fast way to make a slow-cook tasting sauce.
Here is how you do it!
This time I used Cento brand - use whatever brand you like. I do feel like with tomatoes brands matter - but that is a whole different discussion for another day.
Next add one can of tomato paste. This will make it rich, and also thickens it!
Add a little sugar. Not too much but a little really helps give it the yummy sweet kick.
Add a teaspoon of Italian Seasonings and Oregano. Add in a pinch of Basil as well!
Now, just give it time, Cook it down low and slow for about 30 minutes. Make sure you Salt it well and always ALWAYS taste it as you go. You need to play this by ear and make it work to your liking.
My family likes meat sauce on their spaghetti, so I will add well seasoned fried hamburger chopped fine to this. When I fry up my meat I add plenty of garlic powder and Italian seasoning to it as well.
However if you are making Chicken Parmesan - this sauce will stand alone!
My favorite Lettuces to start with are butter lettuce and baby greens. Here lately I have been enjoying these salad mix ins.
Peeled, Sliced Apples
Maple Glazed Pecans
Blueberries (if I have some fresh ones)