Fast, easy and always delicious by itself or as a side dish. Marinara is a fresh tasting tomato sauce!
I am so lucky to be able to buy plum tomatoes in the supermarket all year round, these are just beauties! Sweet, firm, great fresh flavor.
Living in Florida we are just full of the freshness of summer with always an abundance of fresh produce.
Today I wanted to make something lighter and still tastes great with less calories. I decided to make my favorite, marinara sauce simplified. I usually add more ingredients, less is more today.
My dad would say I just want a nice dish of spaghetti regular thin, angel hair, linguine any kind of pasta.... that would be his easy favorite! Today for healthier eating,
Simplified Marinara Italian Tomato Sauce
1 lb pasta of your choice boiled in salted water drained
extra-virgin olive oil
4 pounds plum ripe tomatoes place whole tomatoes with stems removed into food processor and pulse till fine chunks, (yes skins and all) you can remove skins if you like by submersing them into hot boiling water then into cold then peels skins.
( If you have to use a 2- 28 ounce cans of high quality whole tomatoes, they are the closest to fresh)
4 to 6 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
2 large cloves sliced garlic
fresh parsley sprigs 3 or 4
Optional additions: 1/2 cup dry red wine and red pepper flakes for heat
Cook pasta according to package directions. (I like al dente and serving this with Whole Wheat pasta today.)
Meanwhile, saute sliced garlic in a few tablespoons of olive oil over very low heat for about 2 minutes do not brown or scorch or garlic, garlic tends to become bitter when overcooked and easily can ruin your sauce, so watch it carefully.
Add tomatoes spices and herbs, stir over medium heat for another 15 minutes.
Toss some of the sauce with cooked pasta with fresh torn basil, grating cheese and freshly ground black pepper. This can be served as a side dish or whole meal.