December 21, 2015

How To Cook Marinara Sauce That Kicks Ass-more'



As my Christmas gift to you, I am sharing another recipe in my "How To Cook" series. You guys know I am all about teaching you simple, easy recipes that do not require some Martha Stewart dramarama in the kitchen. Because booboo, I know you are not about that #kitchenwars life.


Anyhoo, here is the link to all my previous "How To Cook" recipes:

How To Cook Series

Look, not everyone is born a great cook or loves the kitchen. But, BUT, I can teach you how to find food in a hopeless place. And you will totally be like this:

It's kitchen magic, bitches.

My dad is 1/2 Italian and Military Husband is 100% Italian (and from Jersey, ehhh ohhh). Thus, marinara sauce was and always has been a staple on their dining room table. Maybe you have an Italian man in your life, or you want an Italian man in your life, or you just have a lover of Italian food in your life. Well my friends, I have a recipe for you that is SO easy you will never buy a jar of marinara sauce again.

And NO real Italians like jar sauce.


Right. Let's get started.

How To Cook Marinara Sauce That Kicks Ass-more'

You will need the following grocery items:

Extra virgin olive oil
Garlic cloves
Basil
(2) 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes, with their juices
Kosher salt
Red wine or balsamic vinegar

First, you will need a large saucepan. In the saucepan, warm 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil at a low heat.


Once the extra virgin olive oil is heated, stir in 8 garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon of basil. 

Pro Tip #1: One teaspoon of minced garlic equals two cloves.


Cook until the garlic is golden for about 3-4 minutes.

You can also use 4 fresh basil leaves torn into small pieces if you fancy.
Me? #BasicBitch #McCormick4thewin

Next, pour in your 2-28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes, with their juices.

Pro Tip #2: I ALWAYS use Contadina when I can find it in the store. It is Military Husband's Italian grandmother approved (while she is gone, her recipes and recommendations live on - Salute!).


Bring the sauce to a boil.

I'm your to-to-to-to-to-tomato bomb!

Add in 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt.

Pro Tip #3: Most chefs use Kosher salt for cooking (NOT baking - table salt is preferable for baking) because it easier to handle than table salt and great for seasoning. It has a clean, light taste compared to table salt. If you must use table salt for this recipe, reduce the amount to one teaspoon.


Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about an hour. As the sauce thickens toward the end, stir in two teaspoons of red wine or balsamic vinegar.

I just use an inexpensive red wine I keep on hand for cooking.

Remove the pan from the heat and enjoy!


Pro Tip #4: This recipe makes a large amount of sauce. You will find a little sauce goes a long way. You can cover your leftovers and leave them in the refrigerator for two weeks. However, I take my leftovers and freeze them in separate containers. These are freezer safe for three months.

Super easy to unthaw and cook up a quick dinner for Military Husband!

Marinara sauce can be used in so many ways - over pasta, used to make homemade pizzas or for dipping garlic bread.  Let me know if you try this recipe out!

Is my "How To Cook" series helpful? Do you have any requests for easy, idiot-proof recipes? If so, leave them in the comments below!

Your basic kitchen bitch, I am,

34 comments:

  1. My husband is going to think I've been replaced by an alien when I make this for him. I'm a terrible cook, and I don't really enjoy it. But I think I could make this, and it looks delicious! Thank you :)!

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    1. I KNOW you could!! This is easy!! Let me know if you make it/have questions!

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  2. Ohhhhh Maddie I bet your house smelllllssss yummy. We love love love marinara. Years ago mom was at a wedding. During the dinner a conversation started about marinara. One of the ladies at the table offered to give mom her recipe. All she had to write on was the directions to the dinner venue in her purse. Mom still has the recipe. too funny Red wine was her secret ingredient too and very simple but delish like your mom's
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  3. We had a shitload of tomatoes from the garden this year and I attempted to make marinara sauce and froze it. It wasn't awesome. Definitely will be trying this recipe instead! THANKS!!!

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  4. Our mom is the cook from the below....enough said.
    stella rose

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  5. Um..... Mrs. Military Wife. . . this does not look PUG FRIENDLY! Do you have a PUG version?
    Love Noodles

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    1. What are you talking about? Maddie loves the sauce! Hahahaha. We usually give her a little bit on a noodle. She is an Italian pug after all!

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  6. Oh, yes!! I love this. And I love garlic so much.

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    1. You should try it!! It's not hard I promise! It pretty much cooks itself.

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  7. I'm trying this ~ we love Marinara Sauce being that we are about 90% vegetarian. That sounds strange 90%, meaning if we go somewhere where they are serving meat we don't stick our noses in the air and insult the hostess also we were meat when we have company. Got a simple pesto sauce?
    Wishing you Merry Christmas
    Sweet William The Scot

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    1. Pesto! I'll put it on a to do list for the blog! Hope you try this out and enjoy! I'm not a big fan of meat sauce so this one is great for me too. Xxoo

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  8. Totally need idiot proof recipes!! I think I can cook but I don't like to spend hours in the kitchen making stuff!! So this is a good start, right. I always think stuff like this is hard but I can do it. I made chicken noodle soup the other night and it was wonderful. I know it's not super hard but yay me!!

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    1. There are so many easy recipes you can try that will make you look like a pro (or like you know what you are doing). This one is perfect to pair with a nice salad and some garlic bread (I like to make homemade garlic butter, but you can cheat and buy the premade heat in the oven kind!). It has a restaurant quality taste, too. No need to hit up the Olive Garden! xxxoo

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  9. That is pawsome, Mommy makes a pretty good sauce but she would love to try this one. Mommy has a cookbook from Martin Scorceses Mom that has some pretty cool recipes in it.

    Ziggy Out!!

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    1. Definitely try it!! That sounds like an awesome recipe book! xxoo

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  10. I love simple. My marinara usually takes hours to prepare so you can bet that I'll be whipping this recipe up for some spaghetti. ♥

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    1. Yes, this is so easy! Let me know if you do!!

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  11. great post


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  12. YUMMY! And love the wine! Merry Christmas! :)

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  13. Ahh, the red wine or balsamic is what I was missing...! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha no problem! Yes, it really does make the flavor!!

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  14. #McCormick4thewin LOL yes that is what I will be using too! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    1. For real tho. Ain't nobody got time to tear up basil leaves. Hahaha.

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