Recipe: Marinara Sauce

From "Proctor Farmers’ Market Cooking Demo: Recipes from Animal Mineral Miracle", May 16, 2009

Ingredients:

2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs tomato paste
2 cans tomato sauce
2 cans diced tomatoes
½ onion
2-3 large cloves garlic
1 tbs oregano
1 tbs salt
1 tsp black pepper
1½ tsp cinnamon
2 tbs sugar
3 tbs fresh finely chopped basil

Instructions:

Finely dice the half onion and place in a pot with the olive oil. Cook over medium heat until the onions are yellow to translucent in color (3-5 minutes). Crush and add fresh, peeled garlic and cook for one minute. Stir in oregano, salt and pepper (1 minute). Add tomato paste and immediately tomato sauce. Stir until mixture is smooth. Add diced tomatoes in their juice and stir to incorporate. Add cinnamon and stir to incorporate. Cook over low heat for at least 20 minutes to two hours*. Add sugar and fresh basil stir to incorporate.
*The sauce will be done after twenty minutes but the longer it cooks the smoother and richer the sauce becomes as the acid cooks out of it and the flavor of the herbs opens up into the sauce. A quick sauce can be done after twenty minutes but adding a ¼ to a ½ teaspoon more sugar is advised.

This sauce will yield more than needed for one pizza but can also be used on pasta and polenta or can be frozen if sealed tightly