How do you solve a problem like Marinara? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
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And Marinara IS a problem, right? OK, work with me on this one.
So as you have probably guessed this recipe is inspired by The Sound of Music, a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set in Austria in 1938. It tells the story of Maria, a nun who may not be suited to the monastic life. Played in the movie version by Julie Andrews, Maria makes transgressions such as waltzing on her way to Mass, whistling on the stairs, and even (gasp shock horror) singing in the abbey! The Mother Abbess and the other nuns sing the song Maria and consider what to do about her.
We could have just called this recipe “Marinara” but then we figured you might not immediately get the pun – even with the pinned-down clouds in the photo. So enjoy our version of this classic Italian sauce: How do you solve a problem like Marinara?
Heat oil in a large saucepan. Sauté chopped onions until they have softened. Add garlic paste (or minced fresh garlic), and cook for another minute. Add red wine (mmm, a nice Cabernet, anyone?) and turn up the heat. Cook until the wine has reduced by half.
Add canned crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, cover, and continue to cook for fifteen minutes.
This sauce is perfect for serving over pasta or with meatballs! Chopped fresh oregano and/or flat leaf parsley work well as a garnish.