Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

I get so many compliments on this recipe every time I make it. This is a slightly spicy yet sweet basil marinara sauce. I am vegan but occasionally I make a special pot for my husband who loves it when I add a ground link of Spicy Italian Sausage to simmer in the sauce and serve it with sausage on the side.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash all ingredients very well. Start with tomatoes and water over low heat in medium pot. Slowly stir in each ingredient and continue cooking and stirring for about 1/2 hour to an hour (at least, the longer/the better). If you can, refrigerate and reheat. I don't know why, but it taste better.
  2. Great Additions: Artichoke Hearts, mushrooms, chopped onion, etc are just a few great additions you can add to this recipe! I have tried all of these just based on what I have in the kitchen at the time, and it always comes out great!
  3. Note: This recipe is so versatile. Serve over pasta, I prefer linguini), vegetables, or even toasted crostini bread with a bit of mozzeralla on top. It can also be served cold over sliced toasted Italian bread as a bruschetta -- mmm.
  4. Tip: I worked in a family owned Italian restaurant in high-school. They said to stir continually and never let the sauce boil. I try every time but have yet to succeed.
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I made this last week to serve over penne and we enjoyed it. I took your advice and made it the day before and served the next day. I used somewhat less oregano and basil ~ just personal preference. I also used the 1/2 cup sugar and it was still a little sweet for me. Thanks for posting! Made for PAC Fall 2008.

Lvs2Cook October 17, 2008