Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

Just like the name suggests...a simple sauce to make but a pleasure to eat. This recipe comes from Giada De Laurentis...Everyday Italian. Update Sept. 07--bay leaves appeared in the directions, but not ingredients. Fixed now!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent--about 2 minutes. Add celery and carrot and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil and bay leaves and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour or until thick. Remove bay leaves and taste for seasoning. If sauce tastes too acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, to round out the flavour.
  3. I like my sauce a little spicier, so I add a few red pepper flakes.


Most Helpful

This is my go-to recipe for marinara sauce. I love it. I add a little brown sugar and also add a little Italian seasoning. Freezes beautifully as well.

JanuaryBride September 05, 2012

Really good, super easy basic recipe. I think I'll add a couple more cloves of garlic next time. Won't be wasting my money buying canned sauce anymore. Thanks for posting.

Lucky in Bayview October 24, 2010

Not being a big fan of tomatoes, I made this. I just adjusted it with a good splash of port, more garlic and a dash of brown vinegar. Delish.

jjafg August 25, 2010

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