May 3, 2021 by Angela Laufer
Using concentrated, cannabis-infused olive oil to replace a portion of non-infused extra virgin olive oil transforms this marinara sauce into a delicious, medicated comfort food that you’ll want to make again & again! The best part is the endless options of recipes you can utilize your marina sauce in, including homemade pizzas, calzones, stuffed shells, meatball sandwiches, dipping sauces for breadsticks, and my personal favorite…spaghetti! (:
*For this recipe, I exchanged 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil with concentrated cannabis-infused olive oil to make this 4-serving dish equal out to 12.82 mg per 1 cup serving. To figure out what your oil and individual serving’s THC content would be, our Concentrated Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil recipe has a formula to better explain and help you through the process. Knowing your dosage will help you remain educated, responsible and confident in your cannabis cooking ventures!
Step 1: Sauté Onions: Heat a saucepan to medium-high heat and sauté the onions along with the garlic salt, stirring, making sure not to burn.
***Add 1lb ground beef/pork here if you’re wanting to make spaghetti sauce, and brown. Slightly drain grease and turn down to a simmer**
Step 2: Add ½ Cup Olive Oil, Substituting Partly with Infused Oil: After you’ve turned your heat down to a simmer, add in your olive oil. You want ½ cup olive oil in total, so once you figured out how much infused olive oil you want to use, take that amount out of your ½ cup of non-infused oil, and replace it.
Step 3: Simmer/Sauté Onions & Add Garlic: Continue simmering until the onion softens and turns slightly golden in color. Once the onions are well sautéed, throw in the finely chopped garlic and cook for another minute.
Step 4: Add Canned Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Broth & Spices: Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken broth. Stir and simmer for a bit before adding the sugar, bay leaf and oregano. Partially cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer a little longer so that the flavors merge, the sauce reduces and turns deeper in color. This will take a good 20 minutes, so you can set a timer, sit back and relax (and smell the amazing aroma) while it simmers.
Step 4: Add Fresh Basil: Remove the lid, stir once and add the fresh basil. Then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, cook for another 5 minutes and it’s ready!
Enjoy this medicated marinara in whichever way your heart desires! You can serve it immediately or leave it to cool completely before refrigerating it up to a week, or it can be stored in the freezer for almost a month (if you can last that long). Bon Appetit (:
Cooking with Cannabis-Infused Ingredients
A good starting point for ingesting cannabis edibles is to limit yourself to <5mg THC ; even less if you are new to THC-infused food. It can have the tendency to be a lot stronger, more intense, and can differ drastically from smoking it. For one, the effects can take anywhere from a half hour to 3 hours to fully metabolize, depending on an individual’s unique body and metabolic rate. In addition, because the THC is digested through your liver, and can more readily cross the body’s blood-brain barrier, the high can be stronger and last longer.
With that said, your infusion’s potency depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked, to the potency of your starting product, as well as taking into consideration if your strain was indica or sativa leaning. To test the potency and effect of your finished product, try a smaller amount (<5mg) and see how that dose affects you after an hour or so. Titrate your dose as desired, and you can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes.