Homemade marinara sauce served over a bed of spaghetti and topped with meatballs and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. This recipe is the only marinara sauce recipe you need.
How to Make Marinara Sauce
Making this sauce is so easy and simple you probably have all the ingredients on hand.
This basic marinara sauce can be modified by adding and or substituting ingredients. I have used fresh tomatoes, and canned diced tomatoes in place of crushed tomatoes. When using fresh tomatoes the cooking time will increase by one hour without a lid. I have added bay leaves, red wine, ground beef and/or Italian sausage for a meat sauce hearty sauce.
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- Cutting board
- Chef’s knife
- Teaspoon measuring
- Garlic press
- Large saucepan
- Bamboo saute spoon
- Jar funnel
- Plastic lids
- Can Opener
- Cheese grater
- 3 cloves garlic, pressed
- 2 each Onions fine chopped
- 3 - 28oz cans crushed tomatoes
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tsp Italian Spice
- I Sprig Fresh Basil
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add chopped onion and pressed garlic and saute for 4 minutes, stirring a few times while cooking.
- Add remaining ingredients: crushed tomatoes, Italian spice, tomato paste, and fresh basil sprig stir to combine.
- Cook until it reaches a simmer then reduce heat low, cover and continue to cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Before serving, remove the fresh basil and/or bay leaf (if using)
Tomato Sauce Ingredients
The ingredients for this recipe are easy to find in any grocery store.
- Garlic cloves
- Olive oil
- Canned crushed tomatoes
- Canned tomato paste
- Italian spice
- Fresh basil
Another cooking option is to allow the sauce to cook on low in your slow cooker or Crockpot for 2 hours.
Most people think of spaghetti and meatballs served with marinara sauce, but there are many serving options for this sauce. It makes a perfect dipping sauce for fried mozzarella sticks.
This recipe makes enough to feed a crowd on a budget. Just add spaghetti noodles, crusty Italian bread, and crisp green salad.
Marinara sauce can be used to top your favorite pizza crust. and it also makes the perfect sauce for eggplant parmesan, lasagna, and manicotti.
To make meatballs you only need a few more ingredients: onion, lean ground beef, garlic spices, egg and bread crumbs.
The boxed spaghetti noodles can be easily cooked in boiling water.
To serve layer pasta, meatballs and ladle on the thick hearty marinara sauce and top with grated parmesan cheese.
Storing Marinara Sauce
To store the leftover sauce ladle it into jars using a jar funnel and top with plastic lids. Add a label with the name of the recipe and date. Store sauce in jars in the refrigerator for 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Another great recipe for the marinara sauce is this one my sister, Kathy, developed. Kathy has modified her old recipes to suit her new meatless lifestyle. You can find on her blog where she shares a ton of her “vintage” recipes with a new healthier version.
For a light and refreshing dessert, I like to serve my classic pineapple upside-down cake.
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