Kellymac's Marinara Sauce

Kellymac's Marinara Sauce created by diner524

As some of you may know I love pasta! I have tried a ton of different marinara sauces prepared in many different recipes. I have found a few that are pretty good, many of which are on this site, but I created this recipe to meet all of the requirements I look for in a perfect sauce. A little sweet, a little spicy, not too watery, not too chunky, and not too difficult. I have served this recipe many times and it always gets a five star review. The secret ingredient here is the anchovy, you can't tell it is in there but it adds amazing depth of flavor to this sauce. I really hope that you all enjoy this!

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2hrs 12mins
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  • Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat.
  • Add brown sugar and red pepper flakes and mix until sugar melts.
  • Saute onions, garlic, and anchovy until onions are clear and anchovy breaks up.
  • Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed and stir well.
  • Allow to simmer for two hours.
  • This sauce also makes a great base for meatballs, or bolognese sauce. Allow to simmer for an extra hour at least if adding meat.
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"As some of you may know I love pasta! I have tried a ton of different marinara sauces prepared in many different recipes. I have found a few that are pretty good, many of which are on this site, but I created this recipe to meet all of the requirements I look for in a perfect sauce. A little sweet, a little spicy, not too watery, not too chunky, and not too difficult. I have served this recipe many times and it always gets a five star review. The secret ingredient here is the anchovy, you can't tell it is in there but it adds amazing depth of flavor to this sauce. I really hope that you all enjoy this!"
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  1. diner524
    Kellymac's Marinara Sauce Created by diner524
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  2. diner524
    Great Marinara Sauce!!! I made this to serve over my meatballs and it was a hit with the whole family and still have lots of leftovers!! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made for PRMR.
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  3. Dori S
    This is terrific! I've made marinara a thousand times but never with anchovy. Very subtle, no fishy taste. Used merlot wine as that's all I had on hand. Delish! Thanks for posting...
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  4. Nimz_
    Kellymac's Marinara Sauce Created by Nimz_
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  5. Nimz_
    Oh my. This was just excellent. The flavors were so rich and went together perfectly (although I would have liked a little more heat but not unusual for us) The only change I made was I took 28 ounces of diced tomatoes and blended them to replace the 28 ounces of whole tomatoes in puree. I also added about 1-2 tsp of salt and some fresh ground pepper to the mix toward the end of cooking. For my meat loving DH, I added 2 pounds of lean ground beef that I had browned and drained. For the wine I used Hearty Burgundy which worked well for this. I let this simmer, covered, for about 6 hours, stirring frequently. The first response from DH was "This is different" I asked what and he said he liked the sweetness this sauce had. Not too much and not too little. Honestly I would have never guessed that there were anchovy fillets in this recipe because I sure didn't taste them (not that I actually know what they taste like and not sure I care to). I served this over thin whole wheat spaghetti with a salad and garlic bread. Thanks Kelly for a great Marinara Sauce and one I will share with others. Made for PRMR :)
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