I come from a long line of pasta addicts, and if I could, I would choose pasta for every meal of the day. There is nothing more I love than a delicious marinara sauce. In our home when it came time to make marinara, it was an entire day project. All the women showed up with their stock pots and grocery items. There was a lot of wine sampling going on, laughter and conversation.
Have you ever walked by the Mrs. Fields Cookies store in the mall right as they were taking out a batch of fresh baked cookies? Do you remember the first thought that comes to your mind? It will probably be different for all of us, but it has always amazed me how our olfactory system triggers so many things in our memory bank. I think of Christmas and family when I smell fresh baked cookies, but when I smell oregano, rosemary, basil, and garlic, I start to salivate.
The reason this isn’t like your grandma’s marinara sauce is we have taken essential oils and taken this marinara sauce to the next level of flavor. When you are adding essential oils to your dishes, it ramps up the flavors, which is why this recipe comes with a WARNING! Essential oils are so potent, and when using oils like Oregano or cinnamon, you need less than a drop. You can always go back and add more, but you can’t dilute it once you cross over into the area of no turning back OVER SEASONING! Believe me when I say I speak from personal experience. So one more time, less is better you can always go back and add more.
I usually add sausage and beef to my sauce and make more of a Bolognese but, I wanted to have something that vegetarians and vegans could also use. The two oils we are going to use in this recipe are Oregano, a hot oil, I will go into that later, and Basil. Both of these delicious oils have tons of therapeutic value.
Basil, is used to helping reduce anxious feelings, reduce feelings of tension; the aroma gives you a sense of focus and a stress-relieving experience. Who couldn’t use that?
Oregano, the primary components of oregano are carvacol, and phenol that possesses antioxidant properties when ingested. It has been known to help maintain a healthy immune system, and support respiratory function. Remember when I said Oregano was hot oil, well that is because it is literally hot to put on the skin. I do put oregano on my skin all the time, but I dilute it with a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil. I usually dilute it 1 part to 5 parts, so one drop oregano to 5 drops of fractionated coconut oil. Oregano is also an essential oil I keep in my first aid kit and travel kit.
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Not Grandma’s Marinara Sauce