As many of your know, K and I are both Italian and let me tell you we LOVE Italian food. Here's a recipe that is so fresh, delicious, and very easy to make. You will look like a super star when making this dish, so make sure you invite many people over so you can brag about your culinary skills.
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup cooking wine (optional)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large cans crushed tomatoes
2 dried bay leaves
Heat the olive oil in a large pot on med-high heat, add the onion and garlic and saute 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
The secret ingredient to this recipe is the carrots and celery. You don't taste either ingredient in the final sauce but it adds that meaty texture which makes this sauce so good! Chop the carrot and celery, I usually just toss them in my food processor, and add them to the onions. Add the salt and pepper, stir and add the cooking wine. We have tried it with red and white wine, both are delicious. Allow it to cook for another 10min until the vegetable are soft and the alcohol has cooked off. It will look kind of like baby food at this point so don't worry if it doesn't look appetizing yet.
Add the can of crushed tomato and bay leaf. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
This recipe makes a lot of sauce, but you can always freeze what you don't use and save it for later.
10-12 Chicken tenders
1 cup Milk
2 eggs beaten w/2 TBS water
1 cup flour
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Pre-heat the over to 375 degrees. Mix the breads crumbs with the Parmesan cheese, and set up 4 dishes with the milk, flour, egg and bread crumbs. Take each piece of chicken and dip it in the milk, flour, egg wash and finally the bread crumbs.
Drizzle olive oil in a baking dish and place the breaded chicken tenders in it. Drizzle a little more olive oil on top of the chicken.
Bake the chicken uncovered at 375 until golden brown, about 30-40 min.
Serve the chicken over your favorite pasta and top it with the marinara sauce.