Edit: It has come to my attention that it is NOT COOL to copy and paste ingredients/directions to recipes. I apologize for doing so, and I have edited this post to correct this error. I’ve also modified some of my thoughts about the recipe. -Mary
Today I'd like to share another one of my Real Recipes of Genius, aka my favorites recipes that are both easy and versatile. Today's pick is Beth of Budget Bytes' Homemade Marinara sauce. Dave and I love us some spaghetti, and I'm ALL about balsamic vinegar, so this has quickly become one of our favorites. If, unlike me, you can make sauce in your slow cooker without burning the top edges of it, here's the slow cooker version.
As Beth writes in the slow cooker version, you can add a lot of different things to this sauce. I've personally added peppers, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, and shaved carrots at different points. I've served this with meatballs or with ground beef or turkey added straight into it. You really can't go wrong here.
I also tend to leave out the sugar entirely now while keeping the balsamic vinegar. Maybe I can just handle more acidity, but I just don't find the sugar necessary anymore and hey, less added sugar = win.
Another great thing about this recipe is that, as Beth also points out, it freezes well; she recommends cooling it in the fridge first.
So if you've got some extra veggies lying around and are craving something with a nice red sauce, which is me about 75% of the time, this recipe is for you!