But, there is something to be said when you make your own--the apartment smells awesome and fresh marinara sauce that's been simmering for the last hour is hard to beat. It really is, especially this recipe from Mario Batali's Cookbook 'Molto Italiano'. This is his 'Basic Tomato Sauce', a staple for many of his recipes.
The best part about this recipe is it's dual purpose--Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, or, Spaghetti & Meatballs--recipe will be posted this weekend.
5 quart sauce pan or Dutch oven
Blender (i.e. Magic or Nutribullet)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium Spanish / Yellow onion, chopped & diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium carrot, shredded
1 tsp dried thyme (or, ideally, 3 Tbls fresh thyme)
2 (28oz) cans whole tomatoes (or if need be, use pureed from a good brand)
1. Wash Your Hands.
2. Chop and prep all of your veggies.
8. Use a protein blender, or hand-held immersion blender, to puree the mixture if using whole tomatoes.
10. Remember to keep it simple this year! Keep it real!