Fresh Marinara Sauce
- In a large saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in tomatoes, wine, vinegar (if using), salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in basil.
From the Test Kitchen
If nice fresh roma tomatoes are not available, substitute two 28-ounce cans whole peeled roma tomatoes, drained and chopped (should be about 3 cups). Reduce the salt to 1/4 teaspoon.
Add the balsamic vinegar if you want the sauce to be a little more tangy.
Place sauce in an airtight container. Seal and chill in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Prepare Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce as directed, except cook 3 ounces finely diced pancetta or prosciutto with the onion. Stir 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper into the sauce with the salt and black pepper.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 115 calories, 4 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 26% Vitamin A, 30% Vitamin C, 283 mg sodium, 3% calcium, 4% iron
Prepare Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce as directed, except stir in 3/4 cup whipping cream with the basil.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 173 calories, 2 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 14 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 34% Vitamin A, 30% Vitamin C, 214 mg sodium, 5% calcium, 4% iron
Prepare Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce as directed, except mash 3 to 4 anchovy fillets (rinsed and patted dry) into the cooked onion mixture; cook about 30 seconds more or until anchovies are incorporated. Stir 1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives and 2 tablespoons drained capers into the mixture after simmering; substitute snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley for the basil.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 88 calories, 2 g protein, 9 g carbohydrate, 4 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 31% Vitamin A, 40% Vitamin C, 446 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 8% iron
Nutrition Facts (Fresh Marinara Sauce)
- Per serving:
- 69 kcal cal.,
- 3 g fat
- (0 g sat. fat,
- 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
- 2 g monounsatured fat),
- 0 mg chol.,
- 202 mg sodium,
- 8 g carb.,
- 2 g fiber,
- 4 g sugar,
- 2 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet