Marinara Sauce Aka "grandma's Sauce"

READY IN: 4hrs 30mins
Recipe by Doxie lover in the Rock 2

Okay, this is the biggy recipe that is a staple in our family going back generations. It is the recipe responsible for probably half of the fat on my posterior!!!! LOL If you want to make it with meatballs, the family recipe is Sicilian Meatballs....

Top Review by Petite Mommy

Wow! This sauce is incredible... really! I did half the recipe, to my family's disappointment, but won't next time. I used your meatball recipe and added add'l sugar since I only had one hour to simmer. We didn't use the wine. Grandma's sauce is a good name because it definitely had the comforting, delicious flavor! I highly recommend trying this savory sauce!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown sausage in separate pan.
  2. Garlic press the garlic (or mince) and brown in the olive oil in a large pot. When brown, add sliced onion and cook until slightly translucent.
  3. Add tomatoe paste to onion mixture and mix thoroughly. Add crushed tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper and water and stir well.
  4. Finally, add sausage (and/or meatballs--see my other recipe) and bring to light boil.
  5. Once boiling, decrease heat to simmer and cover . Cook on simmer for 3-4 hours stirring occassionly.
  6. If you can't wait the full 3-4 hours add a dash of sugar and it equals about 1 hour of cooking time.
  7. Add red wine during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  8. Suggestion: Serve over pasta with grated parmesan, salad, and bread -- .

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