The sauce gets better after the flavors blend in the refrigerator a few days. The sauce and the meatballs should be frozen seperately.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
6 garlic cloves, crushed
3/4 cup dry red wine
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
How to Make It
Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Same recipe but without the wine. Tomatoes were 'no-salt' so I felt I had to add some extra salt (and pepper) at the end. Made for meatball subs so I pureed it in a blender before serving. Cooked Turkey-Veggie meatballs too. Yum.
Okay, this is the best marinara sauce I have ever had. It was the perfect amount of spicy for me. I also made CL's Turkey-Veggie Meatballs which were just so different and fun. My boyfriend and I agreed that it was a great combination. This will be my one and only spaghetti sauce from now on.
This is my go-to recipe for marinara sauce. I use half crushed tomatoes, and half diced tomatoes instead of whole. I also add crushed red pepper for a little kick. I let the sauce simmer for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld together. I usually serve this with "Turkey-Veggie Meatballs" and spaghetti squash instead of pasta. I always make a double batch and freeze half for later. It's always a hit.
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