I love the way my house smells when I make marinara sauce, especially when basil is added. I have taken this recipe from “Giada’s Family Dinners” by Giada De Laurentis. I used my food processor to chop everything up, it makes this recipe super fast and easy to make.
Makes about 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups)
2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes in juice
1 bunch of fresh basil, stemmed
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 small onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. In a blender, purée the tomatoes with their juice and the basil until almost smooth. Set the tomato purée aside.
2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until very tender, about 12 minutes. Stir in the tomato purée, oregano, and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to medium and continue simmering until the sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. ( The sauce can be made 1 day ahead. If storing for future use, cool, then cover and refrigerate. Reward over medium heat before using.)