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

A simple and very good marinara sauce that can easily be adjusted to work with any pasta dish. You can add herbs, ground beef, Italian sausage, capers or whatever you like to enhance the flavor. This recipe is from Giada De Laurentiis.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large casserole pot, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the celery, carrots, and 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and bay leaves, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 1 hour.
  4. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Season the sauce with more salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. (The sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat before using.).


Most Helpful

This is my fav. sauce to make. I will NEVER-EVER eat jarred-sauce again. I always double the recipe and freeze the rest--after my girlfriends come over for "spaghetti night." Lots of fun. I process all the ingredients in the foor processor instead of chopping-makes them finer

Megan Thieme July 23, 2009

A nice simple sauce that adapts well. I usually add all sorts of herbs to my sauce, but gave this one a chance before adding anything else. I enjoyed the flavor and served it with meatballs and pasta.

iris5555 March 17, 2007

I am a big fan of Giada's and have her cookbook. I was going to post this myself. Ever since I tried this recipe I have not bought sauce from the store. This is an extremely versatile sauce. I make double batches of it and freeze it. Excellent recipe as can add other seasonings to suit your own personal preference. Only suggestion I have when making is to make sure and chop the celery and carrots very finely.

Amykins August 30, 2006

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