Eating My Way Through the Alphabet: Letter R

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Foodstuff Redefined: Roma Tomato Marinara! Now here is a sauce that is as versatile as your food cravings. I like to make up a jar to keep on hand in the refrigerator. You never know when you’ll want it. Roma tomatoes have a texture that leaves your mouth yearning for yet another spoonful. Slather it on flatbread and add cheese for a late-night snack. Or use it as a base in a skillet lasagna. The balance of thick tomatoes, rich olive oil, and hint of basil make it my favorite for dunking buttery breadsticks. For kid-pleasing families as well as empty nesters, say “Yes” to homemade marinara. 
ROMA TOMATO MARINARA 
Ingredients:

1 sweet onion, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil 

28-ounce can Italian tomatoes, whole and peeled in basil sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder*

1/4 teaspoon oregano 

1/4 teaspoon marjoram 

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/4 teaspoon Herbs de Provence 

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper 

1 teaspoon agave nectar 

1 teaspoon olive oil
Instructions: 

In an iron skillet over medium heat, warm two tablespoons olive oil. Add chopped onions and sautΓ© until soft, approximately 5 minutes. Add Italian tomatoes. Gently, using the back of a wooden spoon, press the tomatoes to crush. Sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano, marjoram, basil, Herbes de Provence, sea salt, cracked black pepper, agave nectar, and one teaspoon olive oil. Stir to blend. Bring to a boil; reduce to simmer. Cook for 20 minutes on Simmer or until sauce becomes thicker. Spoon over pasta, chicken, meatballs, or bread. Top with cheese of choice. 
*Four minced garlic cloves may be substituted for garlic powder. 

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