I ran into a dear friend last night. She is a dedicated and amazing teacher. I know, because I worked with her as a student teacher and I was and continue to be incredibly proud of what she does every day! Jen is a teacher of special needs kids. There is no nobler pursuit. And last night I ran into her in a local restaurant. . . and she shared the frustrations of her day.
At the end of the conversation I promised her a couple of things. One, I will help her any way I can to teach healthier eating to her class. And two, she was curious about my idea for a marinara sauce she might be able to eat. Jen has trouble with the acidity of marinara so she eats Alfredo sauce. Well, that is delicious, but also high in carbs and fat. At the end of the encounter I promised that my post today would be for her!
So this is for Jen… Buttery Marinara Sauce…
- 1 large (16 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 large yellow or white onion
- 1-2 cloves of garlic cloves
- 5-6 tbsp butter
- kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- agave ~ optional
Really, that is it. Put your crushed tomatoes in a saucepan. Add the onion … and do not feel the need to chop. Peel the onion, cut it in half and throw the whole thing in the pot. Peel a clove or two of garlic (How much garlic do you like? I used 3.) into the pan and then add 5 -6 tbsp of butter. Put the saucepan over medium heat. Babysit this for the first 5 minutes. You will see the butter melt and begin to smell the onion and garlic adding their goodness to the sauce.
Lower the heat to a simmer and continue to stir occasionally. Check it again at least every 5 minutes. It should take about 30 minutes. You will want to taste a little and add the salt and pepper. My friend will NOT want to add pepper as this may be abrasive to her belly. And she MAY wish to add some agave for sweetness and to cut the acidity.
Remove the garlic cloves and the onion halves. They have done their work.
Give the sauce a stir. And then taste a little. Make sure, as always, that the dish tastes good to you! This sauce is ready to go. Mine is going to be put away as a planned leftover. It will go over pasta and vegetables later.
Try this simple, tasty, and buttery sauce! And as always, enjoy!