Make a quick marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes for a dinner straight from Italy
To develop the flavor of tomato sauce the longer you let it simmer the better, but a great marinara sauce can be made in about an hour. Using anchovy paste brings salt but also an added layer of flavor that you don’t want to pass up. You can find tubes of anchovy paste in any grocery store. But ultimately the best marinara sauce comes from the best tomatoes. During the summer when heirloom tomatoes are aplenty, I like to make a huge batch of this quick marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes and freeze it in small containers to last me through the winter.
Quick Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes
If you ask any Italian, marinara sauce takes a full day to make, but unfortunately not many of us have that kind of time or patience. Here is a quick marinara sauce recipe that you can make in a more reasonable amount of time and has a fresh flavor, far better than anything you'd get in a jar.
- 1 3/4 lbs tomatoes or 28 oz canned whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 yellow onion peeled and cut in half
- 4 sprigs basil
- 2 tsp anchovy paste
- Puree the tomatoes and anchovy paste and pour into a large saute pan. Add the onion halves, cut side down, and basil sprigs and simmer over low heat for 1 hour.
- Remove the onions and basil sprigs, season to taste with additional anchovy paste if desired.
Sauce can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for 6 months. Choose the best tomatoes available to you to yield the freshest flavor.
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