Monday, May 13, 2013

Marinara Sauce - SRC

Remember as a kid how much fun it was to belong to a club.  Then came sororities and it got a little more competitive.  Now, joining a club is fun and easy if you enjoy cooking.  Just become a member of the Secret Recipe Club.  Wait for a delightful surprise each month when you are assigned a blog to cook from.  Then have lots of fun, looking through the blog and very likely finding many recipes to make.  Then, eliminate most of them and finally pick the one you are making.  We then wait for the Reveal which is now.

My assigned blog was Growing Up Gabel. 
Camille and her husband Mitch live in Las Vegas.  Their warm and loving family include a daughter and a son,  Ella and Miles.  Gabel is the kind of blogger I respect, one who loves what she is doing and gets joy from blogging.

It was easy to select a recipe because I needed a sauce for pasta, the night, I was cooking my recipe.  I found this straightforward, easy to make Sicilian Marinara Sauce and was delighted to make it.  I didn't make changes to the original recipe.  The only change I would make, in the future, is adding some of my home grown oregano and that is basically because it is from my garden and I am proud of our spices.

Marinara Sauce 

Ingredients :

2 large cans crushed tomatoes
2 cans tomato paste
1 head of garlic, finely diced
Olive oil
Pinch of hot pepper flakes
1-2 Tablespoons sugar
Dried or fresh basil


Cover the bottom of a very large pot with a thin layer of olive oil. Heat over medium heat.
Open all the cans of tomatoes.

When oil is warmed, add garlic and saute for just a few minutes.

Add all tomatoes. Fill each empty can of tomatoes with water and add to the pot.  Yes, it is a lot of water.

Raise heat to high.

Add in hot pepper flakes, sugar and dried basil to taste. If using fresh, add at the very end of the cooking time.

Bring sauce to a boil and then turn down heat. Simmer for 4 hours.

Eat and Enjoy.

Thanks Camille for helping feed my family and for having a welcoming blog.  Thanks  to April, head honcho and Suzanne, group leader of B team. 

Secret Recipe Club


  1. Mmmmm, I like the idea of fresh spices added to this basic marinara... Italian "gravy".

  2. Everything is so much better when it's homemade.

  3. I am italian but always looking for new tricks to a simple marinara sauce great SRC pic

  4. I love a good marinara sauce and don't have a reliable recipe. Thanks for this one. I made your Ina Garten Mac and Cheese with Tomatoes for SRC. Fabulous recipe. Enjoyed cooking with you for SRC.

  5. Hi Chaya,
    A good Marinara Sauce and make a lot of dishes better, this looks like a really good one. This is a great recipe choice for the SRC.
    Have a fun week!
    Miz Helen

  6. this is almost how I make my marinara sauce! Delicious.

  7. Simple and tasty always wins!


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