Tony’s Marinara Sauce

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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