Dad’s Marinara Sauce

Sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while!  I thought my “re-launch” to this blog would be good to use the very first recipe I posted last year when I started this website.  I made the sauce today and I will admit, I always changed up my version of marinara sauce in the past, but today I followed the recipe and made it exactly how my father did.  It won’t taste exactly as his did – there was a special something with his version.  I didn’t edit my original post of the recipe.  The purpose of this website was to share the memories that are made in my mother’s kitchen.  My father will always be in our memory in everything we do.  We love and miss him very much.


Marinara sauce is an important component in a lot of the food we eat.  While my mom owns her kitchen and controls everything that goes on in it, my Dad helps out a lot.  They are a great team and its wonderful to watch them in action.  My Dad, Tony  – aka, Mary’s Sous Chef makes the sauce.  We make enough to freeze and the recipe below makes about 8-10 cups.

3 28 oz. cans of tomatoes, crushed
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
8 garlic cloves, chopped
12 basil leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
3 bay leaves
9 sprigs of thyme
3 sprigs of rosemary
1 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon crushed hot pepper
salt to taste

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8-10 minutes.  Then, add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes until slightly brown.  Add tomato paste, then the crushed tomatoes, basil, parsley, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, oregano, hot pepper and salt.  Raise the heat to medium-high, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 1 hour, stirring every once in a while until the sauce is thick.





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