Better Than Store-Bought Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce
In my house, Italian food is the most common type of food cooked. Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti, Pizza, Paninis, Pasta Alfredo….you get the idea. One of these is on the menu at least once or twice a week. Because we eat it so much, I have really had the opportunity to experiment with different sauces and pastas, including making my own! One of the things that I think my husband would agree that I've perfected is my easy homemade marinara sauce.
I began making my own marinara sauce because I found that most of the jarred sauces at the store were too sweet for my taste. If that's your preference, that's cool, but I wanted something that showcased the rich flavor of the tomatoes. After several attempts, I finally came up with the recipe that I've been using for quite some time now. It's not as simple as dumping a jar of sauce into the pasta, but it's also not as complicated as stewing or roasting tomatoes for hours. For me, it's just the right amount of effort to get maximum flavor for the perfect homemade marinara sauce. And as an added bonus, if you have picky eaters, this is a great way to add vegetables into their diet! Many of the optional ingredients I mentioned can be added to the sauce before pureeing to hide the veggies so they kids won't even know they're there!
Please note that while I use my KitchenAid food processor to make my marinara sauce, you can also use a blender if you don't have a food processor or don't want to lug it out of storage. I've used my Ninja blender before and had great results!