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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

'I' is for Italian Seasoning

... as in homemade marinara sauce with Italian seasoning!

  • 1 lb. mushrooms, chopped
  • 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, half chopped and half diced
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 3 tbs. Italian seasoning
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

1.) Add olive oil to large pot set over medium heat. Add diced onions and cook till clear. Add chopped onions and celery to pot and cook for about 6 minutes.

Whenever I make sauces or soups, I dice half the onion and cook that half first.
That way they get REALLY well cooked and pretty much disintegrate into the sauce/soup.
It's a flavor thing.

2.) When onions and celery are cooked through, add chopped mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3.) Add in the salt, pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning and stir well. Cook till fragrant about 2 minutes.

4.) Add in chopped tomatoes and cook till veggies have released most of their water content. When sauce is liquid, turn up heat to high and bring to a boil. Lower heat and let sauce simmer, covered, for about 20 more minutes or until all the tomatoes have cooked down to a sauce consistency.

5.) ENJOY!

Good but could use a lot more improving. For instance tomato paste would have been good to thicken this up... the sauce came out kinda watery. Little more salt and little less herbs. And throw in some red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch and it would be good to go! I'm gonna try this one again for sure!

Check out how big these mushrooms were!


MackAttack said...

mmm looks tasty, we made pasta sauce in our cooking class, it was so delicious! nothing like homemade!

Tony the Pink Panda said...

Another recipe I'll have to try!

Boomer said...

I like the tip about cooking the first half of the diced onions early on to let it kind of melt into the sauce. Mahalo!

Dayne Gingrich said...

You are the example my students need to look at. I was talking with a girl today who's lost her way, temporarily, due to her "jump to the future."

Wrote about it tonight...

Going to send her here too, for sure!


The Manic Mommy said...

Looks pretty tasty! But I'm not a big italian fan! But the pics make me wanna try it! However...I'm not much of a cook - blah! haha