Sure, you can buy marinara premade at the grocery store, but nothing is quite as comforting as homemade tomato sauce simmering on the stove. From a health standpoint, we also love tomato sauce because tomatoes contain the health-promoting antioxidant, lycopene, which becomes more available to your body when it's heated.
20 Roma Tomato – or use1/2 kilo of canned of peeled tomatoes
1/2 Onion, raw – large, chopped
2 tbsp Brown Sugar, unpacked
8 Basil leaves
1 tbsp Oregano, dried
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp Vinegar, balsamic
1 tbsp Salt
1/2Pepper, sweet, raw
1/4 Olive Oil
Score 20 roma tomatoes (place a shallow X on the bottom of each tomato).
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Submerge tomatoes in boiling water for 15-20 seconds, depending on ripeness, until the skins are loosened
Move the blanched tomatoes to a bowl of ice or cold water. Peel the skins off from the X.
Add peeled tomatoes to a pot and crush tomatoes with blender on LOW speed for 5 seconds.
Add remaining ingredients to the pot — garlic, onion, brown sugar, oregano, Italian seasoning, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer on low for 45 minutes - 1 hour.
Remove bay leaves.
Blend sauce until desired consistency. For a chunkier sauce, blend 4-5 pulses. For a smoother consistency, blend 5-10 pulses.
Add in 8 leaves of basil and simmer for 30 more minutes until thick.