Weather: 28 degrees, several inches of new snowfall
What I’m listening to: Falling Slowly from the motion picture Once
Marinara Sauce is a staple. This sauce is simple, made from pantry ingredients I always have on hand, but has a flavor boost from the extra step of caramelizing the onions. The onions add that something special when fresh herbs aren’t readily available and tomatoes aren’t in season (which is most of the time here in AK). And it’s not thin or watery like so many homemade sauces; it’s thick and delicious and will provide a hearty family meal.
This marinara will be a perfect accompaniment to your spaghetti and meatballs, chicken or eggplant parmesan, and lasagna. Add some mushrooms and zucchini and make a great vegetarian pasta or exchange the pasta altogether for some spaghetti squash. In this particular meal, I made a simple meat sauce by browning 1lb of Italian sausage, draining, and simmering it in the sauce for 30 minutes, served over al dente spaghetti and a smidge of freshly grated parm.