I am 100% Italian as far back as we know. Maiden name- Romano. My dad’s side- Sicilian and my mom’s from Northern Italy. My mom knows. how. to cook. and my dad – is the pickiest Italian man on the planet (but knows good food!). You can trust this sauce is delish, authentic + honestly, quite simple. We make it in large batches and throw it in the freezer, this way every time we cook we don’t have to make a fresh batch. It would be a sin in our house to use sauce from a jar- I think my parents would disown me entirely so I’ve learned freezing in batches DEFINITELY helps. There are variations of this sauce- she has a meat sauce, fish sauce, vodka sauce- it goes on and on but for today- lets start with the basic marinara sauce.
- 3-4 Tbsp of olive oil [enough to coat bottom of the pot]
- 3-4 Cloves fresh galic, chopped
- 1-2 Tbsp of sugar [we typically use 1.5 Tbsp sugar but you can sub 2 tsp Truvia]
- 1 20oz can of Progresso whole tomatoes w/ basil [you can also use fresh tomatoes if you’re really feeling adventurous- we mostly use Progresso]
- 1 Tsp dried or fresh basil
- Pour tomatoes into blender and blend just for a few seconds, until finely chopped
- In a medium sized saucepan, saute garlic and oil. Do not let garlic brown.
- Pour in blended tomatoes and add remaining ingredients.
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 min
That’s it! Kinda silly that people are terrified of making homemade sauce when you see how easy it is! I think the biggest mistake is too many ingredients. Over seasoning is a real thing folks + sometimes simple is best.
-The Romano + Neilan Family-