Marinara and other tomato based pasta sauces aren't too difficult to make on your own, but sometimes you don't have the time. This super simple trick can make a jar of the store-bought stuff taste like you've been working on it all day.
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According to Sheela Prakash at The Kitchn, all you need to do is simmer the pasta sauce on the stove so it reduces slightly. Pour the jar into a small saucepan, bring it to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. You can prepare the pasta and other dishes in the meantime. Reducing the sauce in a small saucepan concentrates the flavour and thickens the texture a bit. You can also add some of your favourite vegetables if you want it to taste even more like homemade. Finish it off with a little bit of the pasta water and you're all set for a quick and tasty meal.
Homemade pasta sauce is the best, but few of us have the time to make it regularly. When you want a fresher, more unique taste than what you can find in a store-bought sauce, you can add some sauteed vegetables to bring out a crisp flavour.