Tomato Basil Marinara
Looking to make great use of all those summertime tomatoes? Than try making your own simple sauce! This sauce is so fresh and flavorful and goes great on pizza, meats, and pasta (spaghetti squash)! Once you’ve tasted fresh and appreciate the simplicity of the ingredients store bought sauces will pale in comparison. Make in huge batches and can or freeze for quick dinners!
  1. Heat a large skillet or medium pot over medium heat. Heat olive oil along with the pan.
  2. Dice the onion and add to pan when it is heated. Sauté for 5 minutes until browned.
  3. Mince the garlic and dice tomatoes. Stir in minced garlic followed immediately by the diced tomatoes, scraping the bottom of the pan. Add in the bay leaf.
  4. Allow the tomatoes to return to a simmer and cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Stir in the salt and pepper.
  5. Add in herbs and reduce heat slightly to a lower simmer. Cover but leave lid cracked. Continue to cook for about 20 minutes (longer if doing multiple batches), stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced and sauce has thickened.
  6. Turn off heat, remove the bay leaf, and stir in the Olive Oil. Use an immersion blender or stand blender to blend the sauce to desired texture. Eat, can, or freeze within 1 week.