Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tips for a Great Marinara Sauce

Hey guys I was just checking my email while by the pool in the Bahamas when a Question from a fan caught my eye:
Barbara Feinblatt from Florida would like to know tips for great marina sauce?
Barbara I'm sure glad you asked. Marinara sauce is NOT complicated actually the simpler the better. Yes canned tomatoes can be used and your sauce will be amazing. Here's some pointers:
1. Always add fresh basil to the sauce right before serving.
2. Use whole canned tomatoes when possible or crushed never use tomato puree.
3. Adding a pinch of sugar to the sauce will help neutralize the acidity of the tomatoes and balance out the sauce keeping it from tasting bitter.
4. Practice makes perfect.
5. Adding bone in pork chops or spare ribs and let them cook slowly in the sauce till the meat falls off the bone -- omg it's insanely delicious.

Here's Jennifer DePalma's recipe for Quick & Easy Marinara Sauce
1 can crushed tomatoes ( I use Tuttarosso)
3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
1/2 small onion copped
1/4 olive oil
2 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp black pepper
2 tsp sugar if sauce if bitter
1 bunch of fresh basil ( lightly tear basil by hand)

Sauté garlic & onion in olive oil
Add in crushed tomatoes
Season with salt & pepper add sugar if needed
Cook 20 minutes
Drop in basil serve immediately

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Jen! I will be sure to try this recipe soon. Lucky you by the pool in the Bahamas! Drool. I posted as anonymous as soon maybe you'll have a Facebook link to the profiles to choose from. :)