This lockdown and the Pandemic is getting to all of us, staying home and social distancing is not something easy for anyone yet we are all doing what is best at this hour. Doing what we love doing a keeps us all in a positive space. Some days are easy not days it seems all too overwhelming. Then like, the other day I received a whole lot of farm grown fresh tomatoes. Red, luscious and juicy, the basket full of tomatoes beckoned me to make some amazing Marinara Sauce and the best part is meals are going to get a lot easier with a jar at hand. This sauce can be paired with fresh pasta, on top of some toast with a generous dose of cheese, the beauty of this sauce is its versatility. This classic sauce is so rich and flavourful that keeping a jar in the fridge is a absolute must!
With all the time in hand, cook this sauce slow and simmer in gently letting all the flavours develop.The subtle flavour of garlic, touch of oregano and the hint of olive oil. Bliss. Even as I cook I tend to sneak in spoonful into my mouth. Dang! Its so yummy. This robust handmade tomato sauce is sure to pair perfectly with your pastas and pizzas.
Yield: 1 litre
Level : Easy
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 onion, quartered
5 cloves of garlic
1 tsp Oregano
1.5 kg of tomatoes, washed and chopped.
Salt to taste
In a large pan,place the tomatoes, onion, garlic and the olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the salt, I prefer to add sea salt but you can always add regular salt if you do not have sea salt. Allow it to simmer uncovered for about 8 to 10 mins, stirring every now and then.
Add the oregano to the pot and continue to simmer for another 15 mins. The tomatoes will breakdown and the reduce considerably.
Use an immersion blender to carefully puree the sauce, I like to leave a few chunky bits but that is my personal choice.
Continue to simmer for another 10 mins. Season with salt and pepper. You may also add a pinch of Paprika powder.
Note: Sometimes, to balance the acidity of the tomatoes, you may need to add a spoonful of sugar.
And, Its done!!!!
This can be stored in a jar in the Refrigerator for upto a week.