Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Marinara Sauce with Canning Instructions

Having jars of ready made sauce on hand can make dinner a cinch! Simply boil your favorite pasta, prepare salad, open sauce...
However, some grocery store pasta sauces have high fructose corn syrup, msg, and a boat load of other unhealthy ingredients, making your own is simple and healthy. If you don't want to can it then just freeze it in jars or ziploc bags.

Amounts will vary according to how much you want to make and the size of the pot. It really is one of those "throw it in and taste it" things. Trust me!
Italian seasoning blend or basil, oregano, thyme
Olive oil
Tomato paste if you want it thick
a splash of white wine
a chopped carrot
chopped celery stalk
For Trim Healthy Mamas omit the olive oil so you don't mix carbs with fat.  And be sure to use Dreamfields Pasta to fit the low-carb plan.
In a large pot, over medium high heat, put about 3 tablespoons olive oil and saute the onions, carrots and celery if using, when tender add the garlic, stir occasionally.

If using wine, add before tomatoes, it will bring up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot which add a lot of flavor.
Add all other ingredients, season to taste, in a 6 quart pot I usually use 3-4 tablespoons of dry herbs and 2 teaspoons salt.

If it tastes too acidic then add a bit more olive oil.
From here you can serve over pasta, bag and freeze, or can.
To can, ladle into clean, sterile jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. adjust two piece caps. Process 35 minutes in a boiling water canner. (According to the Ball Blue Book)
After 35 minutes, remove from canner, allow to rest undisturbed for 24 hours, then wash, and label. Store in a cool dark place.
A few additional suggested uses, sub sauce, pizza sauce, add chicken stock and cream for tomato soup. Don't forget this is great for dipping bread sticks or mozzarella cheese sticks into, yum.
Go have fun with it, the work is finished; just pop the lid and enjoy!

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