My Mother's Marinara Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 32 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 17 min
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 small yellow onions, peeled, halved and cut into thin slices

2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into thin slices

5 cloves garlic, peeled, halved and cut into thin slices

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

Kosher salt

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes

1/2 cup basil leaves, washed


  1. In a medium skillet, over medium heat, add the olive oil. Stir in the onions, carrots, garlic slices, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt, to taste, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and the canned tomatoes, breaking them up with a spoon, and mix well. Cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring from time to time. Taste for seasoning, then stir in the basil leaves.