I’m so happy to have a go to perfect homemade marinara sauce recipe written down! I am always just throwing the ingredients together willy-nilly, until I like the flavor. This time, I wanted to have a recipe to turn to, so here it is!
The recipe calls for using canned crushed tomatoes and also “chunky crushed tomatoes.” If you can’t find chunky crushed tomatoes in your area, just use 42 ounces (by weight, on the can) of regular crushed tomatoes.
I have a hard time with the acidity of some tomato products, so I’m always trying to make tomato sauces more mellow. Adding the sugar, cinnamon and vegan butter to the sauce tones down the acidity and makes the sauce much more palatable. Use my measurements for those ingredients, then adjust them to your taste.
When adding fresh basil to a simmering sauce, the flavor will cook away if the basil is added too early. So, add the basil at the end of the cooking time and stir it in until it is wilted. This will give you the strongest basil flavor.
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