Thursday, October 09, 2008

A jumping little joint

As the scent of cooking tomatoes filled my apartment I came to a realization. Some people eat macaroni and cheese or chocolate brownies to comfort themselves. I decided that from now on I'm going to make marinara sauce. It makes me SO happy! Much happier than even eating it - although I must admit I do love eating this sauce. I love it on the spaghetti and I love soaking up the leftovers with some crusty bread.

As soon as the marinara starts bubbling on the stove the scent is overwhelming. It always smells so good to me. No matter what I'm making, as soon as I start sauteeing onions and garlic, Thatboy yells out "something smells good." And that's exactly how I feel about a good marinara.

And this is a good marinara. FAR better than what Thatboy's mom passes off as a spaghetti sauce. This makes enough for Thatboy and I to drown our pasta and extra to stick in the freezer for a cold day...which doesn't seem to be appearing any time soon.

Basic Marinara Sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes with basil
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp salt

  1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until onion is lightly browned.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 30-45 minutes.
  4. Remove cover and cook 15 more minutes.


  1. Marinar in the freezer brings sunshine to those days we don't feel like cooking:D

  2. I love pasta as comfort food. I've been looking for a basic marinara recipe. I'll have to try this!

  3. I love marinara! This looks wonderful.

  4. I feel the same way about marinara. It's on the menu for Saturday night, so I'll be trying this recipe!

  5. You just have to love something so simply yet so delicious, right?

    I laughed out loud at Thatboy's calls about the yummy smells of sauteeing garlic and onion- is he channeling my husband?! My hubby ALWAYS, without fail, comes into the kitchen and says "Mmmm, smells good!" when I start with the garlic and onion. And I laugh every time because it is the same combo time after time.

    Simple pleasures indeed!

  6. And I thought I was the only one that liked spagehtti and marinara as a comfort food! I can live on this alone. Well maybe a little chocolate too!

  7. Yum! About those cold days...yeah, not coming yet. Although, I can't say I'm sad about it!

  8. Mmmm...I can almost smell it...

  9. Yum a great comfort food for sure!

  10. We have the marinara sauce thing in common! Sometimes I'll just eat a few noodles in a bowl of sauce since I love it so much! It is good for us too. :)

  11. I've been looking for a new marina recipe, thanks for posting!

  12. My kids love to sop up the sauce with bread too!

  13. i love making homemade spaghetti sauce. i'm going to give this one a try - it looks so simple, but so yummy!

  14. making a batch of homemade marinara is actually on my to-do list for the weekend. i was going to use the cooking light recipe, but i'll hold on to this one, too. mmmm!