Basic Tomato (Marinara) Sauce
This sauce is best when you use fresh tomatoes, but it works well with canned plum tomatoes as well.
Makes enough sauce for 4 servings of pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 pound tomatoes, fresh or canned, chopped, with their juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper
a few leaves fresh basil and/or springs or parsley
Heat oil in a medium saucepan.
Add onion and cook over moderate heat until it is translucent, 5-8 minutes.
Stir in garlic and tomatoes with their juice.
(Add 3 Tablespoons of water if you are using fresh tomatoes.)
Season with salt and pepper.
Add the herbs.
Cook for 20-30 minutes.
Pass the sauce through a food mill or puree in a food processor.
To serve, reheat gently, correct the seasoning and pour over the drained pasta.
Posted by GourmetGal
This sauce is used in my Lasagne and with my Meatballs. There are links from each to this recipe. It also serves as a perfect companion to just plain cooked pasta. Enjoy!