Marinara Sauce


Two 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes

1/2 cup olive oil

2 small onions

4-5 garlic cloves

2 celery stalks

2 small carrots

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 dried bay leaves

1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper

Variations: add crushed red pepper if you like a kick, fresh basil or parsley for topping


Prepare vegetables: finely chop onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. (Time saver tip: pulse in a food processor.)

In a large pot, heat oil over med-high heat. Saute onions and garlic about 10 minutes.

Add celery, carrots, and salt/pepper.

Saute another 10 minutes, or until vegetables are soft.

Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, and bay leaves. Simmer uncovered over low heat until sauce thickens, about 1 hour.

Remove and discard bay leaves. Season with more salt/pepper to taste if necessary.