Thursday, September 27, 2007

Marinara Magnifica

This is my favorite spaghetti sauce in the world. It is rich, tangy, a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicey. It cooks for a long time, but prep is easy which makes it perfect for a Saturday or Sunday. The recipe makes alot, so I usually freeze batches to thaw and reheat. You'll never want to return to jarred sauce again. (Source, Alysha via Cooking Light)


1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cups chopped onion (about 3 medium)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
6 garlic cloves, crushed
2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, undrained
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste


Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion and sugar. Cook 30 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 hours, stirring occasionally.


Nate M. said...

The photographers for some of your food shots are really, really good. And the dish looks wonderful.

Natalie said...

Yeah, that's because those ones are from the magazine. I'm a really crappy photographer. Regardless, the recipes are all yummy. Everyone should make this spaghetti sauce.

Nate M. said...

I don't think you are a crappy photographer. I just think photographing food is hard. It takes good lighting and a nice background.

Natalie said...

You are too kind. I actually am a really crappy photographer, but I'm okay with that.

Nate M. said...

So I'm guessing that marjoram isn't a hydrogenated oil commonly used as a butter replacment?

Natalie said...

No, it's an herb.

Nate M. said...

So there is a difference between marjorine and marjorum! Who knew?

Aaron said...

I wish my wife liked spaghetti. I could eat that all the time.

Kathryn said...

I have been looking for a good pasta sauce for 36 years and this is the one! I made it last night and it is delicious!

Alysha said...

I was trolling the internet and found your review of my recipe - how fun! Glad you enjoyed it.

Ha - I use the CL photo on my blog too - I haven't been able to get a good photo of it either. :)