July 9, 2013

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This recipe was born in an act of desperation.  I made it up after discovering I had forgotten to buy pasta sauce at the store, and had planned on spaghetti and my homemade french bread for dinner.  After contemplating takeout, I decided to instead scour my food storage and what I came up with is an easy, delicious marinara sauce recipe that you can whip together in minutes and make mostly from items you probably already have on hand.  In fact, I prefer this sauce to any store bought.  I also appreciate that I know exactly what is in it, and that it is preservative/garbage free.  And the husband loved it too.  Winner!

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2 cans diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cans tomato paste
1 1/2 TBS sugar
1 TBS olive oil
1 TBS diced garlic stave (or garlic)
6 Basil leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste

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First, you may be wondering what in the world a garlic stave is.  It’s a long, green onion like plant that has a taste similar to garlic, but a bit less potent.

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I actually had never ever cooked with one before, but the very  morning I made this sauce, I had picked one up at my local farmer’s market just to try.  I loved it.  And so, if you can find one, I reccomend you try it as well.  If not, regular old garlic works great too.  Okay, now on to the cookin’.

Empty diced tomatoes and tomato paste into a large sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring continuously to thicken. Add in the garlic stave.

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Chop basil leaves.  I have found a great technique is to roll all the leaves together, then finely chop them at the same time.  They make pretty little ribbons, which you can then easily chop again, or leave them long and lean if you wish.

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Add in basil, olive oil, and sugar. Return to a boil, then simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add in salt to your liking.

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Serve over pasta, with some freshly grated parmasean and my trusty french bread and you’ll have a crowd pleaser!

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