Homemade sauces are super fun and easy to make, and they’re a lot easier than you might think. This recipe is a very simple marinara sauce that you can use as a base. But if you’re feeling fancier than a bowl of spaghetti, try customizing it by adding some fried up pancetta, roasted veggies, or chopped up herbs. You can even spread it on flatbread as a quick and easy pizza sauce. Get creative, and let us know how you use this recipe!
1 28-ounce can whole San Marzano tomatoes
2 TBS olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
½ yellow onion, diced
Red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Puree the tomatoes in a food processor.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the garlic and onion, and saute until tender and fragrant.
- Add the tomatoes and optional red pepper flakes.
- Simmer on very low heat for about 30 minutes, until the sauce is thickened.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Benefits of Food Items
Tomatoes: packed full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants and are a rich source of vitamins A and C and folic acid.
Olive Oil: Contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). MUFAs are actually considered a healthy dietary fat.
Garlic: improve your iron metabolism.The diallyl sulfides in garlic can help increase production of a protein called ferroportin. (Ferroportin is a protein that runs across the cell membrane, and it forms a passageway that allows stored iron to leave the cells and become available where it is needed.)
~Written by Alison Ryu