Thursday, June 28, 2012

Manga! Eat!

As promised, here is my hubby's recipe for fresh marinara sauce {& let me tell you, it is absolutely delicious}.  He doesn't use a recipe, so how much of which veggie he puts in depends primarily on what we have laying around & personal taste.    Just throw everything in a food processor to blend together,  then into a pot on the stove.  Add sugar, salt & pepper & herbs {we used our home dried oregano & fresh basil in addition to dried Italian seasoning mix}, then simmer until its deep, rich red & thick {plan for at least an hour-- you can also put everything in a crock pot & simmer all day, which has the added benefit of making your house smell like a glorious Italian bistro by the time you get home}. Put it on top of your favorite pasta & top with fresh grated  Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese & enjoy!





















All the veggies were purchased at our local farmer's market-- as were the mushrooms & onions which were sooooo yummy.  We intended to freeze some {we are trying to create a backlog of frozen sauces etc that we can tap into when the busy fall semester starts}...key word here is intended.  We ended up polishing this particular batch of marinara off in short order {first on pasta, then as a dipping sauce for fresh bread}, but it does freeze well if you manage to resist it fresh!

 We enjoyed the onions & mushrooms so much that Jeremy decided to make a onion mushroom broth to freeze & use as a base later.  He threw the onion tops & mushroom stems in with a bit of water {you could use veg or chicken stock too-- we just stuck with water to make the base more of a blank canvas}, added some sea salt & ground pepper & garlic, then set it on the stove on low for a few hours {the broth turned a pale yellow & the veggies faded}.  Taste it every so often & add seasoning to taste.






When you are happy with the flavor, remove from heat & allow to cool.  Pull out the veggies {press them between slotted spoons first to squeeze them out}.  The just store it until you want to use it-- we stuck it in a labelled freezer bag-- always date & label your bags unless you like frozen sauce surprise.  I can't wait to see what he turns that broth into!

Enjoy!



12 comments:

  1. Yup, this looks amazing! =) I'm starred it so I can come back and look at it when I'm near a kitchen!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Woot! My hubby will be tickled to know it, given how inspired he has been by your own kitchen creations!

      Delete
  2. Looks delicious! I make homemade sauce, too- it beats the jarred stuff for sure!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely! 'Specially because we know where the veggies are coming from & can adjust to taste depending on our mood~*

      Delete
  3. Yummmy!! Great post! :)

    http://thelooneybuttdiaries.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  4. That sauce looks delicious! I love all the veggies he uses. I make sauce my (Italian) mother-in-law's way, although it's never as good as hers (of course). I am hoping to jar some tomatoes this fall. We haven't done it for several years.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yum- I just love a good red sauce. Your's sounds delicious, and I also never end up with all the leftovers I hope for. Everything tastes too good not to polish off :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hia Tabetha,

    I just wanna thank your for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. :)Im really excited of having you as my newest follower, a warm welcome to you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Mmm! Looks great. Between Mexican and Italian food, my husband and I could never decide which is best. We could eat both every day. This sauce looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing, Tabetha. Found you from a linky party.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi there. Food on Friday: Tomatoes is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Cheers

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday: Tomatoes. If you pop back in a few days there should be a great collection of all things pasta and noodles.

    Thank you very much for following Carole's Chatter I am now signed up to follow you. Cheers

    Ps If you would like email reminders of future Food on Fridays, just pop by and comment and include your email - I won't publish it - and the reminder will be by bcc so it will remain private

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to comment! It is most appreciated~*