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My husband loves when the garden is bountiful and tomatoes are overflowing because he knows that homemade marinara sauce is on its way. Part of the reason is because one of my fondest memories from childhood is helping my mother can her homemade sauce. The process was a day filled with standing by the stove, cleaning jars and then preserving the fruits of our labor for the year to come.
1. In a large saute pan (use one with a lid because you’ll need it later), saute onion and garlic in the vegetable oil for 7 minutes over medium heat.
2. Add the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and parsley to the pan and stir for 1 minute. This allows the seasonings time to toast and infuse the oil.
3. Add the canned tomatoes and break them apart with your spoon. You are not looking for a smooth mixture right now; you just want to start breaking the tomatoes down. If you are looking for a perfectly smooth texture, you should puree the tomatoes in a blender before adding them to the pan.
4. Add the sugar and stir to combine.
5. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
6. Continue to simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours stirring occasionally.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!