We are all doing our bit for the environment & cutting meat out of our diet makes a huge impact. So we bring you Meat Free Mid Week Recipes – Simply Marvelous Mushroom Marinara Sauce.

Simply Marvelous Mushroom Marinara Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup brown onion, chopped
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons (3-6 cloves)  garlic, minced
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (you can also use 400g of fresh tomatoes crushed)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (you can also use 400g of fresh tomatoes diced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (you can also use fresh if you have it on hand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (you can also use fresh if you have it on hand)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Garnish: Sprig of fresh basil (you can also use fresh if you have it on hand)

Directions:

Step 1: As you can see from that ingredient list, everything here is natural, not to mention easy to find in the store. No high-fructose corn syrup  or other junk. And don’t be put off by canned tomatoes: They are often canned at their ripest, and taste better than fresh tomatoes that are out of season. We’ll use two kinds for added texture. Gather the ingredients and then heat a lidded pot over medium heat for a minute, then drizzle with the olive oil.

Step 2: Dump in the onions and mushrooms, sprinkle with a little salt, and cook over medium-low heat for five minutes, stirring often. If you don’t like mushrooms, by all means, leave them out. I like that they add a certain sturdiness to this sauce (not to mention that they and the tomatoes are both natural flavor enhancers).

Step 3: Add the garlic and cook for about a minute, stirring often. Doesn’t this smell great already?

Step 4: Dump in the cans of tomatoes and herbs, salt and pepper, bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, with the lid ajar, stirring every few minutes. The heat on your stove will probably need to be at low to medium-low, and your kitchen will be smelling even better at this point.

Step 5: After 25 minutes, add the sugar, stir well, and cook for another five minutes. Why are we adding sugar, you ask? Because its sweetness will help counter some of the acidity from the tomatoes and balance the flavor. Taste the sauce (careful, it’s hot!) and make any final adjustments, such as adding more salt and pepper or, for some heat, some red-pepper flakes.

This is a brilliant basic recipe that you can enhance in anyway you want! I REGULARLY serve this in my house and it is a staple in my freezer. You can bulk it out with beetroot, grilled eggplant, even stir through some spinach leaves in the end for added vegetables.

This really IS to replace your jars of spaghetti sauces that you buy in the store. This is so easy to make, make a huge batch and freeze it if you want too.

Thank you to I want to Cook for this basic recipe, but I am sure you all knew this one already!

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