Homemade Marinara Sauce

August 7, 2013

The other night I made a different kind of spaghetti dinner. Homemade spaghetti/marinara sauce (super easy!) and zucchini noodles.


So many marinara sauces are filled with many unfamiliar (to me) ingredients, so we’ve been without marinara sauce for a long time. We’ve also been staying away from pastas, but sometimes a bowl of “pasta” sounds so good and so comforting.


I’ve always thought that making my own marinara sauce would be very labor intensive and would involve hours in the kitchen. Turns out stewing and canning tomatoes is what involves hours in the kitchen, not the actual marinara sauce making. When you buy canned few-ingredient-tomatoes, making your own marinara sauce is a breeze and takes no longer than it does to make your typical dinner. I used this recipe with a few modifications on my part- I used one can of tomatoes, next time I’ll definitely use 2 and I used dried oregano, not basil. I used the julienne blade on my mandolin slicer to make the zucchini noodles. Then I stuck the bowl in the microwave for about 2 minutes and voila- a bowl of spaghetti.


If you don’t have a mandolin, you can use a julienne knife or one side of a cheese grater. This was my first time using this particular blade and next time I’ll be adjusting the slicer to make the noodles thinner. The mandolin is such a sensitive, specific, somewhat scary tool. That thing will cut your finger off if you’re not careful. If you don’t have a mandolin, I would recommend purchasing a julienne knife instead. Less risk of losing a finger.









1 Comment

  1. robin says:

    Yummy, … looks delicious!

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