Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This sauce is so quick and easy to make, it takes any pasta dish to a new level. Simple pasta, marinara sauce and parmesan cheese...yummy! We prefer it served in our favorite lasagna or manacotti dish. I never buy store bought any longer, not when its this easy to make dishes taste special.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 13 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled, sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, fresh, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons onions, sweet, finely chopped
  • 28 ounces tomatoes, whole stewed (good quality, broken up)
  • 1 bay leaf (fresh if possible)
  • 14 teaspoon salt, sea, fine
  • 14 teaspoon pepper, black, fresh ground
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, white
  • 3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped (garnish)


  1. Heat pan, on medium heat and olive oil and garlic, sauteing for 3 minutes.
  2. Add parsley, onions and tomatoes to garlic oil and stir well.
  3. Next add the bay leaf, salt, pepper and sugar, bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  4. Garnish with basil and use in your favorite dish.


Most Helpful

A really good quality sauce. Lots of olive oil, I agree, but we like it that way. Left mine a bit on the chunky side, again to please the family. Made for Aus/NZ recipe swap #56.

Julie B's Hive October 06, 2011

This was a really tasty marinara sauce, but I do wish that I had cut back on the olive oil, as it ended up being a bit more oily than I like. I doubled the recipe and froze half the sauce for later use. I used some San Marzano tomatoes, which were excellent. For the sweet onion, I used a Vidalia. I also added the fresh basil with the other seasonings. I can think of some many uses for this sauce. I will be making this again. Made for ZWT7 by a Hot Pink Lady.

JackieOhNo! June 03, 2011

Oh my goodness, this is some GREAT pasta sauce!! I served this as a vegetarian option at a family reunion. Everyone loved the sauce. My sister-in-law couldn't stop raving about it and said it was the best pasta sauce she has had since Italy. Now that is a high compliment! I doubled the sauce and stirred in one pound of cooked angel hair pasta. The only change I used, to make things easier on me while preparing dinner for 18 people, was to use Muir Glen organic chunky tomato sauce instead of the whole/peeled tomatoes. Made for ZWT 7 - Italy Holidays and Entertaining Challenge. Gratzie!

LifeIsGood May 31, 2011

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