Marinara Sauce (With or Without Meat)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

I got this recipe off the Internet a few years ago (I wish I could remember where!). It originally called for meat, which I still add, but lately I've been using it as a marinara sauce for main dishes that require spaghetti sauce. It's yummy, simple & comes together in no time. Plus you can easily cut it in half for whatever purposes! I use this for pizza-type recipes as well! Please feel free to play around with the spices!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium saucepan, brown onion & garlic over medium heat. If using meat, brown with the onion & garlic-drain well.
  2. Add rest of ingredients on medicum-low heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & simmer 15-20 minutes. Stir sauce every 5 minutes.
  3. Serve over pasta, or use in other dishes.
  4. I believe this makes about 4 cups-but it's a guess!
Most Helpful

This is really good, quick and easy. There is one spice that is coming through to strong for me and it must be coming from the italian seasoning. I added ground beef to the sauce and I first had it on top of multi-grain penne. I enjoyed leftovers much more on regular spaghetti noodles. I really like the consistency of this sauce and with a little tweaking, I will be making it again. Thank You Luv!!! PAC Fall '07.

Chef Mommie September 22, 2007