Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins

This is my version of marinara sauce for pasta! Yummy! I omit the salt as I use canned crushed tomatoes which I find for us to have enough salt. However, if you use fresh tomatoes I would add the salt for your taste. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 3 quart Dutch oven add the olive oil and onions. Saute on medium low until tender about 4 minutes stirring frequently.
  2. Add garlic and saute for an additional 1 minute stirring frequently (Do not let garlic burn).
  3. Slice up bell peppers, add to mixture and saute an additional 4 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Add sherry.
  5. Add basil, oregano, parsley, Italian seasoning and mix with other ingredients.
  6. Remove mixture and place in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Place pureed mixture back into dutch oven.
  8. Add crushed tomatoes and bay leaf. Add salt (optional).
  9. Bring to a low boil stirring frequently, then reduce to simmer.
  10. Cover and cook for 45 min on low/simmer, stirring every 5 minutes (I set my timer).
  11. Remove bay leaf before serving.
  12. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Wonderful! Made this in advance so when I came home all I had to do was heat this up and serve it with some meatballs (heated) that I had in the freezer and served them over pasta. A green salad was served along side. Definately will make this one simple and delicious!

mama smurf March 22, 2012

Great sauce! The extra flavor and nutrition from the bell pepper is a nice touch. Thanks for sharing! Veg*n Swap 31

Starrynews February 13, 2011

The DH really loved this one!! I'm not a huge fan of store bought sauce and this is a great reason why!! Very easy & big on flavor. DH isn't a huge tomato guy so the addition of the pepper was perfect and I just blended it all up after adding the tomatoes so there weren't any dreaded chunks for the DH. Will make this again!! Thanks Acadia!!

Mindelicious January 02, 2011