We use marinara sauce every week. I used to buy a sauce from Trader Joes but then started making it for two reasons: 1) It is super easy and 2) the sauce is RED, really RED and delicious, just feels fresh.
I use it on pastas and as a pizza sauce. Feel free to double or triple the recipe. This is not a 'canning' recipe so it needs to be stored in the fridge. This recipe will seve a family of 4 plus some left over. If you don't have 'crushed' tomatoes, used diced tomatoes and immersion blend them.
3 cans Crushed Tomatoes, no salt added
1/3 cup Olive oil (5.5Tbsp)
2 Tblsp Oregano
1 Tbsp Thyme
1 tsp garlic powder (3-5 minced garlic.....even better)
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp brown sugar
All goes into a pot. Bring to boil slowly......and simmer for 10 minutes or so
Note: the spice measurements are rough.......feel free to go heavy on the spices. .
TIP: When traveling- i'll pre mix the spices and bring the dry spice blend and either buy tomato cans when I get there or even pack them with me.