Though I’m not a regular part of the Habitation Crew here at All Things Girl, I have to be honest that the concepts around this whole series are quite near and dear to my heart. Home should be a sanctuary and creating everything around a home, to me, is akin to sacred.
“Cooking is not an art. Cooking is generosity.” –Bryan Voltaggio (Chef)
A couple of years ago I discovered that a sharp knife and the comforting smells of onions, garlic, and peppers could provide me with a cocoon of meditation. There is a kind of magic in the repetitive motion of chopping and slicing, and the soothing scents of the fresh food.
If I mention that I’m having a “sauce” day, it often means I’m needing some active meditation. I wind up with a clearer head, open heart, and delicious food!
This AMAZING Marinara Sauce is one of my go-to’s for a hearty meal (served over pasta) or as the base for other Italian dishes (Lasagna, Pollo Caccetora – or add ground beef or pork for Meat Sauce). After having this sauce, you’ll never want jarred sauce again. (Besides, jarred sauce is full of sugar, salt and preservatives – ick!)
This recipe is adapted from one of Mario Batali’s cookbooks, by the way. (See our interview with him a couple of years ago here)
Directions: Chop 1 1/2 Spanish Onions (yellow onions, not sweet) and 4 stalks of celery and then saute in 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat until translucent, but not brown (about 10 minutes). Add 3 tablespoons of fresh thyme, 6 cloves of thinly sliced garlic and 1/2 cup of shredded carrots (I buy the pre-packaged ones) and cook 5 minutes more.
Add 2 (28-ounce) cans of tomatoes. I use 1 can of diced and 1 can of crushed to add some texture. Then add 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of Italian Seasonings, a pinch of Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
Bring to a boil, lower the heat to just bubbling, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes. This makes about 12 cups of sauce. The sauce may be refrigerated for up to one week or frozen for up to 6 months.
To be honest, I typically double this recipe and then freeze 3 cup portions in Ziplock Freezer Bags. The bags are great to freeze in as they can be laid FLAT and easily stacked!
Do you need a sauce day to reconnect with your home and kitchen? If you give this recipe a try, be sure and let me know what you thought!