Basic marinara (tomato) sauce recipe

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This is the basic Marinara or tomato sauce that can be used in pasta or pizza dishes. You can try adding your favorite herbs and spices in it. The sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for a few days.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 60 minutes, Serves: 0 



Ingredients

4 large, ripe tomatoes, skinned and pureed
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
A pinch of sugar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Herbs of your choice (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf)

Directions

Remove the skin and core of the tomatoes and puree them using a food processor or a grater - you can even use a knife to chop them finely.

Put the olive oil in a saucepan over medium to high heat. Pour the tomatoes in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Add the vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar and herbs, stir, cover (leaving a small crack for the steam to escape) and simmer for around 45 minutes.

Uncover and check the sauce. If it does not have the desired thickness, continue cooking uncovered until the sauce thickens and any liquid evaporates.

Let the sauce cool and use or refrigerate until needed.

Notes and tips

You can also try adding tomato paste or ketchup to the sauce, together with the other ingredients. This will give even more taste to the sauce and it will make it even thicker.
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Step 1

Basic tomato (marinara) sauce
Prepare the tomatoes by first removing the skin and core and then pureeing them using a food processor or grater. You can even use a knife to finely chop them.

Step 2

Basic tomato (marinara) sauce
Get the salt, black pepper, sugar and red wine vinegar ready.

Step 3

Basic tomato (marinara) sauce
In a saucepan over medium to high heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Step 4

Basic tomato (marinara) sauce
Pour the pureed tomatoes in the saucepan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often.

Step 5

Basic tomato (marinara) sauce
Add the vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar to the sauce.

Step 6

Basic tomato (marinara) sauce
Add your favorite herbs and / or spices to the sauce.

Step 7

Basic tomato (marinara) sauce
Cover the saucepan leaving a crack for the steam to escape, lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Finally, uncover and check the sauce. If it is does not have the desired thickness, continue cooking uncovered until the sauce is reduced as needed.

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