Marinara means “the sauce of sailors”. It was served to sailors on Italian ships because
it is simple to make and keeps better than sauces made with meat. Serve this sauce over
a bowl of your favourite pasta. Don’t forget to garnish with fresh basil and freshly grated
Parmesan cheese for that authentic Italian Pizzazz! It can also be used as pizza sauce.
3 tablespoons (45ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped finely
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon (5ml) dried oregano
1 bay leaf
2 -28oz. can (796ml) diced tomatoes, not drained
1 -5.5 oz. can (156ml) tomato paste
2 tablespoons (30ml) sugar
Add the oil to the pot and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté, stirring frequently with a spoon until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and oregano and cook for 1 additional minute. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes to thicken the sauce. Stir occasionally using a wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes against the side of the pot. Before serving, remove bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over pasta and garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.
*This sauce will keep well covered in the refrigerator up to 4 days. It can be stored in a freezer in an airtight container up to 6 months.