Marinara sauce is a great all-purpose sauce to have on hand. It is wonderful with pasta on it’s own, as a base for sausage and peppers, in your favorite lasagna….. The options are endless. Sure, you can buy it in a jar, but when homemade is this easy, why would you want to? And right now is a great time to make a batch to use up the last of this season’s tomatoes.
This recipe is based one from Natalie Dupree, that I’ve had for ever. I got it, back in the day, when I attended one of her classes at Rich’s (now Macy’s) department stores. (Boy, did I just date myself!!) Over the years I’ve tweaked it to the recipe you see below. Anyway, it’s a classic and can be made with fresh or canned tomatoes. I’ve made the sugar optional, because with the fresh tomatoes, I find I don’t need it.