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Mom’s Marinara

I grew up on this sauce and now make it for my family. Mom just knew innately how to cook and make foods taste their very best. I guarantee that you too will love this simple recipe for marinara sauce. (and don’t forget to add a little love when you cook, it makes everything taste better!)

Prep Time: 20 minutes — Cook Time: Approx. 30-60 minutes — Serves 4-6


2 28-oz. cans of whole peeled tomatoes, preferably Hunt’s All-Natural, pureed

2 15-oz. cans tomato sauce, preferably Hunt’s All-Natural

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

small handful of fresh basil leaves, torn or 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

1 teaspoon dried oregano, pinch to release the oils

1/4 cup water, if needed

Puree tomatoes in blender for 5 seconds leaving a few tomato bits remaining for texture

To Make Sauce:

Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pot over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the garlic and basil, saute until the garlic turns golden. Add the pureed tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and stir to combine. Partially cover, simmer for 30-60 minutes, and continue to season as necessary. Stir occasionally and adding any water for right consistency. Serve with your favorite whole-wheat pasta. Enjoy!

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