Good morning! I feel like I’ve been neglecting my little blog lately and not posting as much as I would like. I’ve been under a bit of stress and haven’t felt like I had much in the way of good recipes or positive thoughts to share. But today I’m back 🙂
This is a nice recipe for those of you, like me, who like to grow fresh herbs in the summer. It’s an easy way to doctor up a cheap can of tomatoes and turn it into something a little fancier. This sauce is very versatile as well, you can use it on all sorts of things, it’s even a good pizza sauce. In the past I’ve made several large batches and frozen them for later. Pop open a jar and have the fresh taste of summer herbs in the middle of winter!
I have to say that I’ve been a bit dissapointed with my basil this year. I usually buy sweet basil, but I decided to try something different, so I bought some spicy globe basil. While I like the taste of it just fine, it’s not been nearly as prolific as the sweet basil. And with basil being one of my favorite herbs, I like to have large bunches of it to freeze at the end of summer. Note to self for next year: buy sweet basil first and then experiment with different varieties!
Marinara Sauce with Fresh Herbs
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 2 Tb chopped fresh oregano
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- red pepper flakes, optional
Heat a little olive oil in a saucepan. Add onion and garlic to pan, cooking until they have softened. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Season with salt to taste.