As easy as it gets! Fits perfectly with all kind of other recipes on my blog, in a homemade lasagna or even in a pasta Bolognese!
- 100 ml olive oil
- 1 kilo of ripe tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- handful of fresh basil
- a few tigs of thyme
- a few tigs of rosemary
- 1 tablespoon ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- a bit of honey or sugar
- 3 cloves of garlic
In a large pot, heat the olive oil with the bay leaves, garlic, thyme and rosemary. Heat this for 2 minutes until the oil starts to bubble. Cut the hard top with the stem off the tomatoes, cut them in half and add them to the oil and herbs still in their skin. Then add the basil, salt and pepper, and let them simmer for a while.
When the tomatoes soften, start to mash them with a masher or a big wooden spoon. Then, let them simmer for another 15 minutes. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed, and the honey or sugar. Take out the bay leaves and other hard herb twigs and blend everything with a hand blender. Afterwards, let it simmer again for at least 20 minutes.
If you use the sauce immediately, mix it with your meat in another frying pan. If you’re making a big batch of marinara sauce, let it cool of completely before putting it in jars or other containers and then in the fridge or freezer.
Voilà, one easy homemade marinara sauce!