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Birds Mae's recipe corner: Good and versatile Marina Sauce

1/2 cup extra virgin oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup coarsely grated  or finely chopped, peeled carrot
1/4 cup grated or finely chopped celery
Kosher salt
1 large clove garlic, minced
Two 28 oz cans  crushed Tomatoes
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves, chopped fresh flat leaf parsley or mixture
1/4 tsp hot pepper such as Sriracha
Pinch of granulated sugar, if needed
Fresh lemon juice, if needed

1.In a large,wide, heavy saucepan or large, deep sauté pan , heat the oil over medium heat.

2.Add the onions,carrot,celery and 1/2 tsp salt cook, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes.

3.  Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so(don't let it brown).

4. Add the tomatoes and herbs and bring the tomatoes to a simmer. Reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer and cook uncovered. Stir occasionally and cook for 30-40 minutes.
5. Add the hot pepper sauce you can taste it and make adjustments with sugar, salt and lemon juice (if needed).

Variations

1.I substituted sliced mushrooms and mined garlic for the veggies to speed things up.

2.I didn't use the salt, lemon or Sriracha which is where I went wrong it definitely needed the salt.But I liked the sauce in general and for the kids I used shredded cheese to make up for the lack of salt which they like. This is definitely a good sauce to start off with. Honey Martha knows her sauces! Besides the cream and butter sauces there are Sabayon,custard and Carmel sauces to name a few. Safe to say you will see more from this book.

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