We love to dip. Although most people enjoy dipping their crusty artisan bread in infused olive oil with plenty of dried oregano, some basil and a splash of rich balsamic vinegar, we enjoy a simple red sauce made of tomato, onion and garlic. My table would not be complete without a basic marinara sauce.
This is my recipe for a this delicious accompaniment to any Italian dinner.
Olive Oil (enough to cover the bottom of your pan and get it hot)
Butter (just a couple of tablespoons to richen and thicken your sauce)
Onion (the sweeter the better and chopped fine)
Garlic (minced nice and fine)
Canned Crushed Tomatoes ( With canned tomatoes, find a good Italian brand you like stick to it.)
Canned Diced Tomatoes
One Cup of good Red Wine (If you wouldn’t drink it don’t use it!)
Also, if you prefer
Fresh roughly chopped fresh basil
and or a couple of tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
Now, just follow the order of the ingredients.
So as not to let the butter or the garlic burn, saute the onion first, then add the garlic. Saute until they are tender and translucent. Next add your tomatoes and wine. You can salt and pepper to taste.
Allow to cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.
You will love this simple sauce. Tom even spoons it over his fresh garden salad!