"A very simple but tasty marinar. Traditionally marinaras are not cooked a long time but I tend to let this simmer for a few hours, it makes the house smell yummy. I use crushed tomatoes and puree the onions because I have picky eaters but you can use chopped tomatoes and onions."
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Ready In:
3hrs 20mins




  • In a large sauce pan saute olive oil, onions, and garlic until soft.
  • Add salt, pepper, oregano, and basil, stir.
  • Add tomatoes and sugar.
  • Slowly bring to a boil then simmer covered over low heat 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Makes 10 cups.
  • freezes well.

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  1. Great recipe! great tomatoes! Unfortunately Costco has decided to discontinue this product and is now only carrying non-San Marzano tomatoes. They have decided to make a bigger profit by selling Cento (not their San Marzano) for $.10 less that they sold the Nina.
  2. This is a very easy recipe and very flavorful (just the right amount of garlic-not overpowering like some I have tried). I cut it in half with no problem, but the way the recipe is written bothered me. I like to see the ingredient list in the same order as listed in the instructions, but the outcome was great anyway:) I will make the full recipe next time and freeze it for use in the RV.
  3. Perfect. I sauteed 1lb of ground beef with the onions. I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 1 can of sauce and cut the salt to 1 tsp. Beautiful sauce, thanks!
  4. This recipe is very similar to my own marinara recipe, except I add about 1/2 cup of red wine and less sugar. I let it cook for about an hour, and served it with roasted zucchini and pasta. Very yummy!
  5. I had so many tomatoes from my veggie garden this year that I made some of this sauce in a large batch and I actually canned it in small jars for later use. It is very good over Eggplant Parmesan, Recipe #280624. I will use it often! Thanks so much for thi wonderful recipe!


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