Sunday, January 13, 2013

Better than any Restaurant: 5 Minute Red Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Marinara Sauce

5 Minute Red Sauce rivals any Italian restaurant that I have eaten in.  Made with a special ingredient to give it a slow roasted deep flavor that is unsurpassed.  Proof that simple can taste even better.

I have been a slow roasted girl most of my life (hence the name "The Slow Roasted Italian").  I have a love for that flavor that is imparted into sauces after hours and hours of roasting in an oven like my favorite oven roasted sauce.  But who has time for that?

Make the best tomato sauce ever with fresh tomatoes. Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce gives you that deep tomato flavor that you are looking for.

A few years ago I started making my own sun-dried tomatoes  and I discovered that adding them to your sauce gives it that same rich deep tomato flavor.

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I fell in love.  Imagine a sauce that can be put together in 5 minutes that will give you a fantastic richness.  No one will ever know how easy this is, unless you share the secret.

There are so many names for red sauce.  I grew up with my dad calling it red gravy.  So, what do you call it?  Red sauce (American-Italian)?  Red gravy (very Italian)? Tomato sauce (slightly Italian)? Marinara sauce (southern Italian)?  Spaghetti sauce (American)?

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5 Minute Marinara Sauce
2 (14.5 ounce) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in olive oil)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir to combine.  Using an immersion blender (blender stick) to puree sauce.  Cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes.  Serve and enjoy.

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