Taste and Create is a lot of fun. We are paired off and then we select a recipe from out partner's blog to cook or bake. This month, my partner is Min from The Bad Girls' Kitchen.
I have been trying new sauces, for quite a while, searching for a special one that I will know is IT, when I taste it. Knowing Min is a fantastic cook, I made her recipe for Marinara Sauce for Taste and Create. I made it in the crockpot so I could go to work and not worry about it cooking away.
Makes about 2 quarts (8 cups) 1 quart will serve 4 over pasta as a first course
Marinara Sauce - adapted
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 small onions, chopped
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 celery stalks, chopped
8 baby carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
about 1 cup water to get all the tomatoes out of the can
2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
In a large crockpot, heat the oil over a medium flame.
Add the onions and saute until the onions are translucent, about 30 minutes, on high.. Add the celery, carrots, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and bay leaves, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 1 hour. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Season the sauce with more salt and pepper to taste and sugars. Put crockpot on low and cook 2 hours.
I had chopped pieces in small chunks, rather than fine, as Min had done and when I first, tasted it, it was too chunky. I used the immersion blender to get it to the right consistency.
Cook pasta or rice according to package directions.
Ladle sauce onto pasta or rice.
If you would like, add some green for color.
Eat and Enjoy. Thanks Min and Taste and Create for a tasty sauce which we all enjoyed.