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15 Minute Marinara Sauce

I have always bought marinara sauce. Every time I think of marinara sauce, I envision an Italian grandmother, slaving away at the stove, stirring a pot of marinara sauce all day.

Though I am sure that would be true to some extent, I have a quick 15 minute marinara sauce recipe for you that only requires 5 minutes of active prep time. It is so simple that I made this marinara sauce while making my little man's lunch.

Top left clockwise: Dried basil, dried thyme, Kosher Salt, Olive Oil, Black Pepper, Onion, Garlic, Diced Tomatoes
Makes: 3-1/2 cups
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 medium onion, diced (about 3 tbsp)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3-1/2 cup diced tomatoes in puree (or whole tomatoes - roughly chop)
Dash of dried thyme (or use fresh sprig of thyme)
Dash of dried basil (or use fresh sprig of basil)
2 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1. In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium high.

2. Add in the onion and garlic, stirring until slightly brown.

Saute the onion and garlic.

3. Add in the tomatoes, thyme and basil. Bring to a boil.

Bring to a boil.

4. Once it reaches a boil, lower the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender. Be careful, the sauce is hot!

Puree the tomato sauce.

6. Season with salt and black pepper. 

So easy, say goodbye to premade marinara sauce.

Use right away, store in the fridge for 3 days or freeze up to 2 months.

Slightly adapted: Mario Batali, Food Network

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