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    Authentic Italian Marinara Sauce

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    2 hrs 35 mins

    5 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins

    Chef #696196's Note:

    My Sicillian father used to make this sauce at least weekly. Usually we used fresh, ripe plum tomatos but I don't have his green thumb so my sauce uses the canned tomatos. This is a great basic sauce to start with. Can be served as is over pasta or you can add meatballs, sausage etc. My dad used to add 5 Italian sausages, a pork chop, and a neck bone to the sauce and let it simmer for hours. If you add the meat, brown it and add it to the sauce as it simmers.

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    1. 1
      In large pan over medium heat saute chopped garlic and onion in olive oil until translucent.
    2. 2
      Add cans of tomato.
    3. 3
      Sprinkle on black pepper.
    4. 4
      Add bay leaves.
    5. 5
      Let sauce simmer for about 30 minutes to reduce and intensify flavors stirring occassionally.
    6. 6
      Add basil and parsley and stir well.
    7. 7
      Allow sauce to simmer at least another two hours (can simmer all day if desired)stirring occassionally.
    8. 8
      After two hours taste sauce, if acidic or if you want more sweetness add 1/2 tsp baking powder (or sugar) to cut acidity. Only do this if necessary.
    9. 9
      Pull out both bay leaves before serving/storing.
    10. 10
      Sauce can be served over pasta now or stored in freezer or refridgerator. If adding in meat add at the begining when adding tomatos.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 23, 2014


      Best Marinara recipe I have ever tasted... and I've tried a lot of them. This is TRUE Italian, classic marinara!

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    Nutritional Facts for Authentic Italian Marinara Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (340 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 230.5
    Calories from Fat 92
    Total Fat 10.2 g
    Saturated Fat 1.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 542.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 34.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.6 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 7.5 g

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