Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Quick, Easy, and Surprisingly Good Marinara Sauce

I was totally not in the mood for cooking tonight, so I wanted something super quick and simple. I ended up throwing this together in about 10 minutes with stuff I had lying around. I never would have expected it to be so good.

1 1/2 yellow or white onions, diced
1 red jalapeño, minced
1 can tomato paste, plus water for thinning
Large dash of nutmeg (1/4 t or so)
Heavy splash of cheap white wine for deglazing
Medium splash of red wine vinegar
Salt, to taste
Garlic oil

Sauté the onions and jalapeño in hot garlic oil, deglaze with the wine, add the nutmeg. Stir in the tomato paste and thin to your desired consistency. Add in some red wine vinegar, and salt to taste, and you're good to go.

Super easy, super simple. I didn't actually measure anything out, and even though I say 'Salt to taste,' I just eyeballed it and and tasted it at the end. Turned out so good, I decided to just stop right there. No herbs necessary. Would red wine have been better? I don't know. Probably, but I didn't have any on hand. All in all, though, this turned out to be pretty damn good. I'll definitely be making it again, especially when I'm in a hurry, or being lazy (which is most of the time).

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