Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ⅓ to ½ cup dry red wine
  • 1 (35-oz.) can whole tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • ½ teaspoon dried chile flakes (optional)
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven. Add the onion, carrots and celery. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and saute, stirring frequently, until the veggies are softened and carrots are a rich golden color, about 10 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and saute for about 1 minute more, until fragrant. Add the tomato paste, stirring until the paste coats the veggies and the herbs are fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the wine all at once to the pan. Boil, stirring constantly, until wine evaporates almost completely, 2-3 minutes. (At this point, the mixture will be very thick.) Add the tomatoes and their juice to the pot. Use a potato masher to break up the tomatoes and incorporate them into the sauce. Add the basil, oregano, chile flakes and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, stirring to incorporate.
  3. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until sauce is considerably thickened. Check for seasoning and add additional salt and pepper as desired.
Recipe by Positively Splendid {Crafts, Sewing, Recipes and Home Decor} at https://www.positivelysplendid.com/marinara-sauce-from-scratch/