Monday, December 17, 2012

Marinara Magnifica

As a former vegetarian I love the idea of Meatless Monday as I’m always looking for recipes that satisfy without the addition of meat.  This marinara recipe is one of the first foods my husband requests as the weather turns cooler and he’s less willing to grill outside.  It’s perfect for freezing and breaking out for a quick weekday meal.  I guarantee you won’t miss the meat with this recipe.

Marinara Magnifica (from Cooking Light)

1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cups chopped onion (about 3 medium)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
6 garlic cloves, crushed
2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, undrained
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion and sugar. Cook 30 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Makes 9 cups of sauce.