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Family Time- Marinara Sauce

Last Sunday, my husband, myself and our little guy drove to see our brother and sister-in-law.  My sister-in-law Lisa is an amazing cook and baker.  She has such a passion for it and everything she makes turns out great.  Since I have always made store-bought-marinara, I really wanted her to teach me how to make it from scratch.  Once we arrived to their house we enjoyed catching up and watching our sweet little ones run around outside. Shortly after enjoying our little ones, our husbands took over watching them and we  got to spend some quality sister time in the kitchen.

First, we got out everything we needed to make the sauce: 1 large pot, a food processor, and all the ingredients. We used the food processor to chop the onion and shred the carrots.  In the recipe below, it calls for ground beef, but when we made it last Sunday we opted to not add the ground beef because we were going to use the marinara sauce for pizza instead.  But after we made the sauce, I decided I was going to make my friend Kristan’s stromboli recipe, that my husband has been wanting for weeks now!  This marinara sauce was an awesome pare with the stromboli (join me next Sunday to get our new favorite stromboli recipe).

I made Lisa’s marinara recipe 2 more times this week.  I found it takes 25 minutes for prep and 45 minutes to simmer.  To make this as easy as possible for future meals, I will double the marinara sauce recipe and freeze it.   It will be as simple as taking it out of the cabinet.  I would suggest thawing it the night before you plan on using it.

Making a meal with your family every time you see them is not only fun, its a great way to learn a new recipe!

Have you made any new recipes with family or friends lately?  If so I would love to hear about it.  Share it in the comments below.  

Lisa’s Marinara Sauce Ingredients1 pound ground beef1 tablespoon olive oil1 small onion diced

2 carrots finely shredded

4-6 large garlic cloves minced

1 tablespoon salt

3 tablespoons of Italian seasoning

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 cup of water

1-15 oz can of diced tomatoes

1-15 oz can of tomato sauce

1- 12 oz can of tomato paste

1. In a large stockpot, over medium heat, cook ground beef.  After ground beef has cooked through, drain off excess grease (optional).2. Add onion and olive oil to ground beef.  Cook until onion is translucent.3. Add carrots and garlic to pot and cook for about 5 minutes or until garlic is aromatic and carrots are softened.4.  Stirring together, add salt, Italian seasoning, sugar, water, diced tomatoes, sauce and paste to pot.  Bring to a gentle boil and then reduce heat to low, cover for 45 minutes.5. After 45 minutes, taste, and adjust salt and Italian seasoning if necessary.6. To serve, simply ladle over the top of desired dish.

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One Comment

  1. Looks super yummy! I can’t wait to see your next weeks recipe. Kristan’s Stromboli was really good and I never got the recipe from her. Great post!


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