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  Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Goodman's Marinara Recipe

Below is a recipe for marinara inspired by Olive Garden. The magic ingredient for me is the pepperoncini. I like to use fresh ingredients as much as possible, but I use pepperoncini from a jar.

Fair warning. I am by no means a gourmet cook, nor a professional cook. I have no training, other than too much time watching cooking shows. Your mileage may vary. Use at your own risk.

4 medium tomatoes
5 stalks parsley (or 2 tbs chopped parsley)
5 stalks oregano (or 2 tbs chopped oregano)
1/4 cup white wine
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 pepperonicinis (I use Vlasic)
6 oz. Hunts tomato paste

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 medium yellow onion (or 1/2 tsp onion powder)

I like the tomatoes that are still on the vine. Wash the tomatoes, cut out the hard portion at the stem and cut them in half. Remove the seeds and drain the fluids. Cut the halves from three of the tomatoes in half and drop them in a blender. Save the last tomato for later.

Add the herbs to the blender (just the leaves, if fresh). Basil is another popular herb, but we don't use it. Feel free to diverge from the recipe. Add the wine (to bring out flavor), salt, pepper and sugar. Cut the stems off the pepperoncini, slice in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Add to the blender (the pepperoncini, not the seeds). Blend until tomatoes are reduced to sauce.

Dice the remaining tomato, used to make the marinara chunky.

Chop the onions and garlic. In a medium saucepan saute the onions and garlic in the EVOO (first the onion and after five minutes add garlic). Once the onions are translucent and the garlic starting to brown, add the mixture from the blender, the diced tomato and the tomato paste. Stir and simmer at least ten minutes. Season further to taste.

We like to use this marinara on pasta, as pizza sauce, and as a dip. If nobody likes it, just say you got it off the Internet.

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Recipe


At 7/03/2007 9:11 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

It looks good. I'll make it except I will substitute basil, since I have three different varieties in the garden.

It's funny, I don't like oregano, but love basil. It sounds like you and Connie are just the opposite.

At 7/03/2007 9:40 PM, Blogger dkgoodman said...

You'll have to change the name of the recipe, then. :)

Let us know how you like it.

At 7/05/2007 8:59 AM, Blogger Dan Lyke said...

Cool, I'll give this a whirl.

Probably try a variation involving thyme and the aforementioned basil, as well.

At 7/05/2007 10:07 AM, Blogger dkgoodman said...

hmmmm... I'll have to try some thyme. I just smelled our jar of thyme, though, and it smells like oregano to me. Maybe my discriminator doesn't work for those. :)

At 7/06/2007 8:13 AM, Blogger mosta said...

tomato based sauces are oh so good

At 7/22/2007 5:41 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

So chop the tomato vine in there, too? Just kidding.

At 7/23/2007 10:15 PM, Blogger dkgoodman said...

heh. Ya gotta take the stickers off the tomatoes too. ;)


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