Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Olive Garden's Marinara Sauce

OH MY GOSH! I can't believe I haven't posted this one yet! This is our standby, I don't have time to cook, but I want something that tastes like I've been cooking all day!

This is our version of Olive Garden's Marinara Sauce. It took us about 8 years, but we've finally figured out all the ingredients! And it's AWESOME!!! Pair this with your favorite kind of pasta, a loaf of Italian bread (we get ours from the walmart day-old cart for about $.60 a loaf! and freeze it til we need it! Then just microwave to thaw!), and some Italian dipping oil and you've got a better-than-restaurant-quality pasta dish for practically just pennies! LOVE THAT!!!!

This also makes a GREAT pizza sauce and dipping sauce for stromboli!!!!!!!!!!!

3-4 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic, minced
about 1/8 cup diced onions (we freeze ours and pull out just what we need!)
little fresh parsley (we chop and freeze, pulling out what we need!)
little fresh basil (we freeze and then smash, pulling out what we need!)
1 large can petite diced tomatoes (30 oz I about 1/8 cup diced onions (we freeze ours and pull out just what we need!)
1 lb pasta (any shape - we use Barilla's mini penne b/c it's easy for the kids)

1. Put oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onions, parsley, and basil (we just add about a Tablespoon of each). Cook until the onions start to get tender (if onions were frozen, this only takes about a minute!)
2. Add tomatoes and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Cook pasta according to directions on package.
4. Spoon marinara over pasta, sprinkle on Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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