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Nana's Pasta Sauce
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, peel and minced the cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves ( if useing fresh 1/4 cup finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon herb de provence
  • Himalayan pink salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves remove before serving (optional)
  • 3 cans 28oz. each tomatoes (which ever ones you like)
  • 2 cans 8oz. each tomatoe sauce (not needed if using the marinara sauce)
  • 3 cans 6oz. each tomatoe paste
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  • Other Optionals add-ins
  • 2 lbs meat of your choice ( can add more if you like)
  • 1 cup white wine, dry red wine or broth add after the onions and garlic and let it reduce by half
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes add in step 4
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme add in step 4
  • 2 tablespoons sugar add in step 4
  • 4 cups fresh mushrooms (slice) add in step 4
  • 1 jar marinara sauce add in step 4
Steps
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium size pot over medium- high heat.
  2. Add onions and saute until soft, about 5 minutes
  3. Add garlic and saute another minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce,marinara sauce if using, oregano, basil, bay leaves, thyme,
  5. herb de provence and pink salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes then reduce heat to a simmer.
  7. Simmer on low heat for 2 hours or longer if you like, Just make sure you keep a close eye on it.
  8. Serve over pasta with grated Parmesan cheese
  9. If you like you can freeze this into smaller portion sizes.
  10. Optional: If you like this can be done in slow cooker cook on high about 4 hours or low for about 8 hours
  11. I like to start mine on the stove top for the flavor to blend. After about 1 hour and tasting to make sure that I don't want to add more spices I'll move it to my instant pot and use the slow cooker setting for 6 to 8 hours. I like that when the time is up it turns to the warm setting or me.
Notes
  • Use this sauce for 
  • Spaghetti with a meat sauce 
  • Lasagna 
  • Pizza sauce 
  • Just to name a few