First Do No Harm

Homemade Marinara Sauce
Can be made in a blender too. Just blend longer and then cook.

Ingredients

  Cup Unsweetened Tomato Juice
1 lb Roma Tomatoes (slice them up well)
  tsp Honey (or erythritol)

Spices
1 rounded tsp Oregano
1 rounded tsp Basil
tsp Thyme

A pinch of the following: Crushed Fennel, Marjoram, Bay Leaves (chopped), Pepper (to taste actually), Cayenne (if preferred)
1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
tsp Worcestershire Sauce

The next are measured by weight:
3 - 4 oz Green Pepper
4 oz Zucchini 
2 oz Carrot (peeled)

1 Anchovy
1 tsp Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
One small chunk of Parmesan Cheese ( square)
2 cloves Garlic


Optional: 3 Tbl Tomato Paste & a chunk of onion (sweet onions are the best)


Notice the color is NOT the deep, deep red of most marinara sauces. This is because we've used the freshest ingredients. And this is the sauce after cooking it down slowly (3 hours) on the stove to thicken it.

The tomato juice is needed at the bottom of your NutriBullet Rx because it "pulls" the chopped ingredients above into the blades. However, you might not need it if you slice up your tomatoes thin and "force" then down over the blade.

Put the tomatoes (sliced) in next with the sweetener. Then measure/weigh your veggies and chop them up.

Note that we peel the carrot because sometimes the bitter in the outer skin can react with the tomatoes. But ask any nutritionist and they'll tell you the outer skin is brimming with nutrition.

Add the veggies, your anchovy and olive oil (very authentic) and everything else EXCEPT THE SPICES, put the top on securely and let your NutriBullet Rx rip.

After it gets past the "slow" cycle, YOU CAN hit the green button for two seconds and let her go for the full cycle, or just put it away because you're going to cook it down (thick) sometime in the future.

About Spices:

Spices contain volatile oils. In a marinara sauce, you don't want to add them too soon. In fact, it is best to cook the sauce down and add the spices a half hour before you've finished cooking. If you are going to let the sauce sit overnight or freeze it, add the spices right after you're done cooking.

You'll need at least TWO batches (sometimes three), because the final solution is way too watery and has to be cooked down.

My Sicilian Grandmother told me that outside every kitchen window was a hook. You'd make up your sauce, cover it, then hang it outside (on the hook) overnight. All the ingredients got to know each other. A good marinara sauce is never served the first day unless you're all out of food.

I put my sauce in the fridge, and then the next day, cooked it down for three hours (low to medium heat) watching it and stirring once in a while. The I left it on the stove overnight. Germs be damned! It's a great sauce.


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