Basic Marinara

  • kaykaypee Posted: 06/02/09
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    Super easy and freezes well. Got some in the freezer right now.

  • Sharnai Posted: 01/29/09
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    I always have this recipe frozen for whenever I need it. I love it with pasta, vegetables, whatever. Sometimes I heat it up and just dip bread in it it's so tasty.

  • crs175 Posted: 06/06/09
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    This recipe is very tasty. I left out the balsamic vinegar because my husband does not like the taste. I also tripled the amount of oregano in it. Very, very good with these modifications.

  • cherieds Posted: 11/05/09
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    Delish! Followed recipe exactly as written and it was loved by all. Served it with spaghetti and Cooking Light's Italian Meatballs. Will definitely make again.

  • KateGH72 Posted: 04/28/10
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    Overall good however the fennel is a bit overpowering for my family's taste to the point where my daughter won't eat it. Looking forward to making another batch without it.

  • tktgurl Posted: 01/10/09
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    This is a great basic sauce. I add red wine and poblano pepper for extra flavor and spice. I divide it up into bottles and freeze it. The soup recipe that is made from this sauce is very good. Once you try that you will get all kinds of ideas on soups you can make with this base.

  • Katelaine Posted: 02/18/09
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    Based on the reviews, I was expecting this to be spectacular. It was, as described by the rating, a "good recipe," but not great. I followed the directions as written, although I didn't have fennel seeds. Maybe that would have made a difference? Anyway, I froze the other 1/2 and will use it, but I doubt I'll make this one again.

  • Ames2009 Posted: 05/03/09
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    Really tasty. Great with pasta and as a relish with meats.

  • XplorR Posted: 08/20/10
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    This is the most fantastic marinara I have ever made. No need to tweek the ingredients. If you give it time to simmer, the taste does get more complex and layered. Leaving anything out strips away that symphony of flavor.

  • ptsmoot Posted: 02/01/09
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    This recipe is terrific! It's wonderful as a pizza sauce, or in any baked Italian dish. I will make again and again. Definitely worth the price of the magazine!

  • MacDaibhidh Posted: 02/21/09
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    Absolutely magnificent recipe. The body of the sauce is so warm and inviting. I have never had a marinara sauce even in the best restaurants that beats this recipe. It's great right off the stovetop and just as great months later after being frozen. It makes enoght for many meals.

  • CookWithKristy Posted: 03/24/09
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    It was a very good and tasty marinara. It wasn't bland like many others I've had.

  • kristid Posted: 04/16/09
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    Loved it and it froze well. No more bottled marinara in my house!

  • LindaGriffin Posted: 04/27/09
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    I make this on a regular basis along with the Chicken, pasta and chickpea stew. My family LOVES this and really, it is easy to make. I buy the large can of roma tomatoes at Costco.

  • Hope123 Posted: 11/29/10
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    This was so easy to follow and delicious! I didn't have the balsamic vinegar so I substituted red wine vinegar and it turned out great. My 4 year old even ate the sauce with his noodles and he normally eats his noodles plain. This is definitely a keeper for our family.

  • michuginah Posted: 01/17/10
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    Love love love this recipe! so easy and delicious and freezes well. This sauce is great for any recipe that calls for tomato sauce. I double the garlic and forget the fennel. It is a great staple, it totally replaces any jar sauce because it is so easy to make.

  • nl1098 Posted: 01/31/11
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    Great recipe. A little 'watery' at the suggested simmering time. I would either increase the temp or the time on the stove. I froze them in a large container in the freezer for a few days then took it out, cut it into individual portions and put it in plastic bags. Very versatile.

  • PennState2000 Posted: 02/20/11
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    This recipe is fantastic. Made it for Christmas Eve dinner for my Italian parents (who are picky about sauce) and got rave reviews. Served it with fried tilapia and a green salad. Perfect meal!

  • Tuplatano64 Posted: 12/12/10
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    Muy bueno. Could not find salt free crushed tomatoes. Used regular crushed tomatoes sauce and omitted the salt on the recipes nevertheless I love it.

  • vall289 Posted: 05/29/11
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    Excellent marinara sauce! I prefer it over the jar sauce and get many compliments from guests!

  • Kayte401 Posted: 04/25/11
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    This is a great recipe to have on-hand. I made it for a big group and everyone loved it. The balsamic vinegar really adds great flavor. It also tastes great as a vegetarian dish (substituting veggie broth instead of chicken).

  • JimMarltonNJ Posted: 04/17/11
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    Excellent, this is our new basic sauce.

  • bell23 Posted: 08/01/11
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    A friend is making this sauce for my wedding and I just taste it tonight and it taste wonderful. Can't wait for everyone to taste it.

  • mmjack Posted: 08/10/11
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    Absolutely wonderful. The sauce has a lot depth and complexity in taste.

  • sboyce Posted: 05/11/12
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    This is a great basic sauce. I added a 1/2 Tbl of sugar to reduce the acidity of tomatoes just a little more.

  • erinliane Posted: 02/12/13
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    So easy and freezes well. We have made it several times.

  • EmmaLee75 Posted: 03/05/13
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    We loved this! I will definitely make it again. I only cooked it for 30min too, so if I did the full 55 Im sure it would be even better.

  • Amburgler3 Posted: 04/02/13
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    Classic and does not lack flavor! Made this the other night for dinner and it tasted amazing and took little effort. Husband approved, will make again.

  • ahbiblybleereg Posted: 03/05/13
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    Really good! Used frozen diced tomatoes leftover from the summer. They cooked down well in the alloted time. Skipped the fennel, not a fan. Added more spices/sugar to taste.

  • martyj Posted: 06/14/13
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    I make this marinara sauce all the time. It's really good and very versatile

  • lauriebidaho Posted: 01/01/14
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    This is the best marinara sauce, and I am telling you the secret is the crushed fennel seeds! I prefer thick sauces, so I do not add sugar or broth. Easy to adjust accordingly for fresh tomatoes in the summer!

  • Bevmknight Posted: 02/16/14
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    Easy and delicious.

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