You see, I don’t trust what she would say about marinara because she inexplicably chooses alfredo sauce every time. I can’t let a monster like that spread lies about something so wonderful as this marinara sauce recipe.
Ugh. Makes me sick 😉
I on the other hand, am completely obsessed with the stuff – I’m the guy who orders an extra marinara so I can hoard one all to myself.
“But sir, this already comes with a marinara sauce.”
“Yes, but only horrible, terrible people use a single marinara sauce with their breadsticks. It’s against all humanity.”
You might ask the all-important question: what happens when we order the dipping sauce at Olive Garden for the breadsticks?
Half alfredo, half marinara.
Makes me die a little on the inside when the red and white mix in the middle. Probably should’ve asked her Olive Garden dipping preferences when we were dating….
I love this recipe because it’s versatile. I’ve made spaghetti sauces that weren’t great as a dipping sauce, and I’ve made great dipping sauces that didn’t cut it for spaghetti.
Another secret I learned late in my spaghetti-making career is that simmering spaghetti sauce for hours is essential. But hey, if you’re one of those open-a-can-of-Ragu-and-microwave-it-for-2-minutes kinda people, then, well, we can’t be friends.
This stuff’s great for a few reasons:
1. It’s not just tomato sauce with spices – its deep flavor comes from a variety of healthy veggies.
2. You don’t have to chop stuff, just throw in a blender until you get the desired consistency.
3. You can store oodles of it in mason jars and have ready-made dinners! You could can the sauce, but recently, we’ve just made about 3 quarts at a time and frozen the extras.
4. It’s red, which is my favorite color. Win.
Also, sometimes I flavor the sauce differently depending what I’m using it for. I like to drop a little Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes if I’m whipping up spaghetti – but really, the flavor is great without anything else added.
Enjoy the recipe!
Thanks to Dr. Kyle Christensen for letting me share his recipe!