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Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

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.

Marinara sauce over meatballs and spaghetti

Marinara sauce over meatballs and spaghetti

How to Make Marinara Sauce

Making this sauce is so easy and simple you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

Marinara sauce on meatballs and spaghetti

Tomato sauce on meatballs and spaghetti

 

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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Marinara sauce on meatballs and spaghetti

Marinara Sauce

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. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade Tomato Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Spaghetti Recipe
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 15 People
Calories: 265kcal
Cost: $9

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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)

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1030mg | Potassium: 2275mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1687IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 10mg
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Tomato Sauce Ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are easy to find in any grocery store.

  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Canned crushed tomatoes
  • Canned tomato paste
  • Italian spice
  • Fresh basil

 

Simple Store-bought canned tomatoes and fresh ingredients

Simple Store-bought canned tomatoes and fresh ingredients

 

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil

Add canned tomatoes

Add canned tomatoes

Add Italian seasoning to the crushed tomatoes

Next, add Italian seasoning to the crushed tomatoes

Add tomato paste to crushed tomatoes tomato sauce

Add tomato paste to crushed tomatoes tomato sauce

Add fresh basil

Add fresh basil and then stir occasionally (remove before serving)

Another cooking option is to allow the sauce to cook on low in your slow cooker or Crockpot for 2 hours.

Serving Suggestions

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.

Tomato sauce served over meatballs and spaghetti

My favorite tomato sauce recipe served over meatballs and spaghetti

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.

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Store spaghetti sauce in refrigerator in jars

Store spaghetti sauce in refrigerator in jars

Use a plastic lid on your tomato sauce jars

Use a plastic lid on your tomato sauce jars

For a light and refreshing dessert, I like to serve my classic pineapple upside-down cake.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Bon appétit,

Kippi

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Kathy

Monday 1st of June 2020

This sauce and meatball recipe is off the hook. Seriously wonderful.

Our Hopeful Home

Friday 24th of April 2020

Wow, this looks great -- I am starving now:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

Ann @ Dabbling & Decorating

Friday 24th of April 2020

Kippi this looks sooo yummy?? I’d luv to invite you to join us and share over at Charming Homes & Gardens Link Party, our new Link party???? We’d luv to have you??‍♀️ https://www.dabblinganddecorating.com/single-post/2020/03/31/Charming-Homes-Gardens-Wednesday-Link-Party

Jayne

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Your photos are so lovely, my mouth is watering - pinned this for later because it's definitely the kind of sauce my family will love. Pineapple upsidedown cake - I learned how to make that in school a long, long time ago, you just brought back some lovely memories for me - funny how food can do that!

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