I made a pot of marinara sauce that I think is maybe my finest ever:
3 cans of Cento Crushed Tomatoes (didn't feel like dealing with the blender)
2 Beef short ribs
$0.25 worth of basil, parsley, and oregano
a healthy splash of molasses
about 2 glasses of wine, today was Tall Poppy Merlot
a cup of turkey stock that I needed to use
2 medium onions
one grated carrot
3 healthy cloves of garlic
fresh ground pepper
in some extra virgin olive oil on medium high heat, I browned the short ribs extensively, almost to the point where they looked nearly burnt. Removed the beef and tossed in the onions and sauteed until caramelized then added the garlic for about a minute.
In with the tomatoes, the wine, the molasses, the carrot, herbs, salt/pepper, everything else, returned the beef, then simmered for a couple of hours, stirring every ten minutes.