Homemade Organic Marinara Sauce

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large 8qt. stockpot.
  2. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat; Simmer, covered, for 2 hours while stirring occasionally or until thickened and flavors blend.
  4. Cool; Place into 3 qt. Mason jars with tight fitting lids, refrigerate then freeze (Make sure that you have enough headspace in your jars.)
  5. 1 quart of sauce is enough for 1/2 lb. of cooked pasta.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Fresh Italian Dressing

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 clove organic garlic, minced
  • 1 clove organic shallot, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. minced organic oregano leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. minced organic parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly-ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 1 Tbsp. organic basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. organic thyme leaves
  • 1/8 tsp. organic celery seed (or organic celery leaf flakes)
  • 1/2 cup organic red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup organic first cold pressed olive oil

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Place all ingredients into a pint-sized Mason jar.
  2. Attach a lid and shake well or use an immersion blender to emulsify.
  3. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Florentine Marinara Sauce

This is adapted from a recipe in Edward Giobani’s Family Italian Cooking book printed in 1971.  He obtained it from a Florentine when he was living in Florence.  Edward said in his recipe, “This is the best marinara sauce I have ever tasted.”  I totally agree.  I have altered the method as to make it synthetic-chemical free and a bit easier to make, but the authentic flavors are still there.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup organic first-cold-pressed olive oil
  • 2 cups organic onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup organic carrot, sliced [1 small to medium organic carrot]
  • 2 organic cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 4 cups organic jarred Italian plum tomatoes (in glass, not a can) OR 2 cups organic tomato puree plus 2 cups of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water, divided
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 4 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 1 Tbsp. organic fresh oregano, chopped OR *1 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. organic fresh basil, chopped OR *1 tsp. organic dried basil

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet.
  2. Add the onion, carrot and garlic.
  3. Saute until the vegetables are a golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  4. If you are using the whole tomatoes, puree them using an immersion blender.
  5. Add the pureed tomatoes to the vegetables.
  6. Season with the salt and pepper.
  7. Partially cover the skillet and simmer the mixture on low for 15 minutes.
  8. Carefully blend the mixture using an immersion blender on low with an “S” blade attachment.
  9. Add the butter, oregano and basil and mix thoroughly.
  10. Bring to a simmer and partially cover, cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

The Best Homemade Organic Pizza Sauce

I am quite serious.  I have had lots of pizza sauces in my day and this one beats them all.  I have adapted the recipe very slightly from Oh, Sweet Basil.  There really wasn’t much I could do to improve upon the recipe.  I didn’t have the fresh herbs on hand to make this recipe and it turned out really well with the dried herbs.   The fresh herbs would make it better, but that was listed first in the original recipe.  Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe with the world!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Tbsp. lightly salted organic pasture butter
  • 4 cloves of organic garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh organic onion, minced  or *1 3/4 tsp. organic granulated onion
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. organic red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh organic basil, chopped *3/4 tsp. dried organic basil
  • 1 tsp. fresh organic oregano, chopped *1/2 tsp. dried organic oregano
  • 2 cups organic crushed tomatoes (I prefer Eden Organic in a glass jar.)
  • 4 Tbsp. organic tomato paste  (I prefer Bionaturae’ organic tomato paste in a glass jar.)
  • 5 Tbsp.  fresh Parmisiano-Reggiano  cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp. organic light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm water  (I didn’t use any stock in this recipe.  If you want a tomato flavor, don’t add any stock.  If you really want to add some stock in there I’d suggest Homemade Organic Chicken Stock or Homemade Organic Beef Stock.
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Freshly ground organic peppercorn blend

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Heat a 2 qt. saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the butter to the pan and allow it to melt.
  3. Once melted and bubbly, add the minced garlic and onion.  Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the red pepper flakes, basil and oregano.  Mix well into the onion and garlic and allow to bloom, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the Parmisiano – Reggiano, and brown sugar.
  6. Quickly add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and water to the saucepan, stirring well.
  7. Bring to a light boil, then turn the heat down to allow the mixture to simmer.
  8. Simmer for 1 – 2 hours.  (2 hours for best results)
  9. Enjoy!