A simple marinara or Marynara sauce is a great recipe to have around. I use this as the base of everything that needs a red sauce, including pizza.
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
1/2 large yellow onion, minced about 1/3 cup
1 quart San Marzano whole tomatoes in the can, pureed in a blender
1/2 cup good quality, full bodied red wine
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 small piece of cheese rind, either parmesan or Grana Padano
1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade (ribbon) cut
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup heavy cream (optional)
Heat a sauce pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onions and garlic and let cook for about 4 minutes and then add the onions. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, red wine, marjoram and cheese rind. Swirl around about a cup of water in the tomato can and pour in.
Bring to a low boil and then turn the heat down to low-heat and cover, leaving the a slight crack for steam to escape. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sauce thickens up. Add the fresh basil and stir. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Remove the cheese rind. If desired, add the heavy cream. This will make your sauce much sweeter.