Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

I really don’t like store bought pasta sauce.  Most of them have this sweet preservative flavor that makes me dislike it more with every bite.  So, several years ago I decided to try and make my own marinara sauce.  I came up with this recipe and I have been making it ever since.  It is versatile, fast, easy and delicious.  You can put it over cheese ravioli as I have it pictured or any pasta of your choice. (Like angel hair. Angel hair is always my choice.)

You don’t have to, but I like to add some vegetables to increase the healthy factor.  My favorites are zucchini and mushrooms, but I have also used carrots and spinach- whatever I happen to have on hand… except broccoli.  Definitely don’t use broccoli.  😉 My children, however, do not love zucchini and mushrooms and wouldn’t eat it.  So, I started blending up my sauce to hide the vegetables and it worked! Now they eat it with no problems. So, here is a great basic, easy, homemade marinara sauce recipe to turn any pasta you have into deliciousness!Easy Homeade Marinara Sauce

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce
Ingredients
  1. 1 zucchini diced (optional)
  2. 5 mushrooms diced (optional)
  3. 1/2 an onion diced
  4. 2 cloves of garlic minced
  5. 1-2 Tbsp. of olive oil
  6. 2 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes (I prefer petite diced)
  7. 6 leaves or more of fresh basil sliced in ribbons or 1-2 tsp. of dried basil
  8. Garlic Salt to taste.
  9. Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Dice your zucchini, mushrooms, and onion and mince your garlic.
  2. Add your olive oil to a saucepan over medium high heat.
  3. Saute' your vegetables in the olive oil until they are tender.
  4. Add one can of diced tomatoes, drained, and your basil.
  5. Add a sprinkling of garlic salt.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  7. Pour the sauce into your blender if you don't want a chunky texture. (especially helpful for kids)
  8. Blend it until you get your desired texture and pour it back in your pan.
  9. Drain your second can of tomatoes and add it to the sauce.
  10. Taste the sauce and adjust the flavor using garlic salt.
  11. Sprinkle in some parmesan cheese.
  12. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Notes
  1. Parmesan toast is a great accompaniment for for this dish. Just slice some french bread, butter it or sprinkle it with olive oil. Then sprinkle on a little garlic salt and parmesan cheese and broil it until the cheese bubbles and it is golden brown. Easy and so tasty!
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