Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 50 mins

A simple and flavorful marinara sauce that can be used instead of store-bought spaghetti sauce. I like it served hot over cooked pasta and topped with fresh-grated Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, sauté garlic and onion in olive oil until onion is tender.
  2. Stir all remaining ingredients in with onion mixture; heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Carefully puree hot sauce in in a food processor or blender; serve hot over cooked pasta and top with fresh-grated Parmesan cheese.


Most Helpful

Absolutely superb! I opted to add in some carrots to mine for some extra vegetable and added a dash of red pepper to the batch I made as pizza sauce. The base alone is perfect for pasta but I like to make a double batch to freeze and use for many dishes.

Julieannie April 19, 2011

Very nice sauce. Not too sweet, not too sour. I will definitely be making again. Thank you.

Katanashrp February 28, 2009

I love this simple sauce, it's perfect on pizzas and pasta, and any number of ingredients can be added to it if you want to bulk it up some. I probably use more fresh herbs than called for, I just snip off a handful each of basil and oregano from my herb garden, and they are really what makes this sauce stand out.

Cat Berner December 30, 2008

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