19 ingredients Marinara Sauce

I don’t think some people realize what goes into cooking sometimes. The chopping, sauteing, simmer, clean up, um the grocery bill, OUCH! When I cook, I don’t think people realize how much LOVE and attention and detail I put into a dish, or a meal! Especially if it’s for something important like a dinner party, holiday or birthday….I plan for days, sometimes weeks HECK sometimes months! I research recipes and try to find the best one, or I use a mixture of several recipes, or I just make it up as I go. But either way my mind is focused on what I need to make! I make a list and go to the store, or usually I send Normy and Then I spend many hours in my kitchen making that PERFECT dish or meal! My (Sometimes) Blood, sweat and tears and time and effort, everything I have and know goes into that meal. It’s a reflection of me and my passion so OF COURSE its a big deal and I want it to be perfect for who I am making it for. I want them to taste the love. I want them to look at me and go mmmmmmmm this is the BEST meal I had, since the last time I ate your food! Not really, but I really want to make their mouth, and tummy and them to be very happy! That is ONE Of the MANY reasons I LOVE TO COOK…OK Just had to throw that out there and tell you. Now for the Good stuff! THE FOOOOOOD!

Can you guess 19 things to put in Marinara sauce?

Well I can tell you the 19 ingredients that went into mine!

Friday November 4th (yes I know I am SO behind on posting this) we celebrated my mother in-laws birthday and for her birthday her “kids” made her dinner.

Her favorite dish from Normy is Chicken Parmesan. So us kids made her Chicken Parmesan, with Marinara sauce, Garlic Bread and salad oh and dessert.
Normy was in charge of the chicken
I was in charge of the sauce and dessert
Normy’s Sis was in charge of the bread
and Her Boyfriend was in charge of the salad

So I prepped the sauce the night before the dinner so it could simmer for hours

So the 19 ingredients that go in my sauce are:
LOVE
red onion
garlic
carrots
salt
pepper
whole canned tomatoes
canned diced tomatoes
tomato paste
oregano
italian seasoning
thyme
basil
Herbes de Provence
garlic salt
balsamic vinegar
brown sugar
and the MOST important ingredient of all…
RED WINE!

OK let me show you how I made this pot of LOVE!

1st Start with one whole, large red onion chopped
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then 6 cloves of garlic (more if you like A LOT)
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chop that garlic up
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(I am doing a rough chop on all the veggies as later you will use the hand blender to make the sauce silky smooth)

Then 5 stalked of celery
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cut the green leaves off
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and chop up

then get 16 small carrots
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Chop those up as well
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Then get a dutch oven, or large pot to throw all this goodness in.
Preheat pot to med high heat, and coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil
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Throw in the red onion
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Celery
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and carrots
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stir and saute 5-7 minutes or until onions are translucent
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add salt and pepper to taste and stir
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Then add garlic
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Stir that in
then you will need
35 oz can whole tomatoes
2 28 oz can diced tomatoes
2 28 oz cans tomato sauce
2 6 oz cans of tomato paste
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add in whole canned tomatoes
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then diced tomatoes
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then sauce
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at this point my dutch oven was too small and I had to transfer the sauce to a bigger pot
add in salt and pepper to taste
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then add in 2 tbsp of oregano
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2 tbsp of Italian Seasoning
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2 tsp of thyme
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then add in 2 tsp basil
2 tsp Herbes de Provence
2 tsp Garlic salt
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stir together

then add 1/4 a cup of Balsamic vinegar
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Stir in, to combine

Then add 6 tbsp brown sugar
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stir in to combine

Then get your handy-dandy hand blender and blend that sauce until it is nice and smooth and not chunks
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then add in 1 cup red wine or you could add 2 if you want
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then add more salt and pepper and garlic salt to taste
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stir sauce together and let it simmer for 4 hours on low stir occasionally.

and serve.

But what I did was cooled the sauce and then refrigerated it and then brought it over to my mother in laws the next night and heated it back up while the rest of dinner was made…

So Normy made his chicken, with a little helper named TJ
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gotta flatten the chicken out to where it is all the same thickness so it cooks evenly
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Isela helping Normy with his Apron, Very important to wear an apron while cooking so you don’t mess up your clothes
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Normy prepping his chicken
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The Birthday girl enjoying a drink while everyone cooks for her
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when cooking the chicken make sure you have plenty of olive oil in the pan
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Normy chicken Parmesan is the best!
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hey get out of the kitchen lady, we are cooking for you! She just wanted a picture of her favorite (only) son!
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Chicken is cooking away
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almost done!
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Doing the pasta! Is it al dente?
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let’s wash up for dinner
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salad
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the chicken is done MAN!
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Me and Normy make a pretty good team! He is the chicken for my sauce! hahahahahahahaha
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MMMMMMMM
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Everyone about to stuff their faces!
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Cheers to Evelyn! Happy Birthday!
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I LIKE a LOT Of sauce on my pasta and chicken
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you can never have too much sauce!

Now it’s time for dessert
apple dumplings
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while that bakes lets open gifts!
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and smooches!
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Think she is enjoying her birthday
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time for birthday dessert Apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream
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Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…
Happy Birthday Dear Evelyn, Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuu
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Make a wish
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