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Chunky Marinara Sauce

Yield 6 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Prep: 14 minutes; Cook: 28 minutesThis versatile sauce is perfectly suited to top your favorite pasta, but don't stop there. Use it to flavor fish or chicken for a quick entrée. It's an ideal sauce for spaghetti and meatballs, too. Or simply simmer some turkey Italian sausage in the sauce and serve the sausage hoagie-style. The sauce freezes well and can be ready in minutes with a quick thaw in the microwave. Microwave at MEDIUM-LOW (30% power) for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Ingredients

  • 2 (28-ounce) cans Italian-style plum tomatoes (such as Cento), undrained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (1/2 small)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 large basil sprig
  • 1 oregano sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

Nutrition Information

  • calories 57
  • fat 2.4 g
  • satfat 0.3 g
  • protein 1.2 g
  • carbohydrate 6 g
  • fiber 1.2 g
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 321 mg
  • calcium 5 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place 1 can tomatoes with juice in a food processor, and process until smooth. Chop remaining can of tomatoes with juice.

  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add puréed tomatoes, chopped tomatoes with juice, salt, and next 7 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat; discard basil and oregano sprigs and bay leaf. Stir in chopped basil and chopped oregano.

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