Marinara Sauce

Location: San Diego, CA

Holy Marinara!  Man I love this sauce.  It goes great with so much and can be utilized in so many different ways.  It’s mostly used for pizza and pasta in this household, but the possibilities are endless.  It’s quick, it’s simple, and it’s delicious.  I started playing around with this recipe for awhile because I was always adding things here and there to store bought ones, and now, I don’t have to and it’s really cheap.


All this requires is some Stewed Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Tomato Paste, Garlic, Onions, and Italian Seasoning.  I usually sneak in some grated carrots for some sweetness and for that extra bit of vitamin A.  I didn’t this time because I plan on adding it to the food itself when I make it.

Heat up about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a medium to large saucepan, over medium-high heat.  Add the diced onions and cook for about 2 minutes.  You just want to let it sweat out a little bit.  Next you’ll add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or so, careful not to burn it.

Next add the can of Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes and mash it up with a potato masher.  The tomatoes come in large chunks, so you just want to break them down so you’re not trying to shove a huge piece of tomato in your mouth.

Once the tomatoes are all mashed up, add the Tomato Sauce, and stir.  Next, add the Tomato Paste and stir some more.  I do it in this order because the Tomato Paste thickens up the sauce so I like to add it in at the end so that I can tell how thick or runny the sauce is without having to add other liquids to thin it out.  I usually go for the thick side of the sauce in case I’m making pizza or something that requires a thicker sauce.  If I need to thin it out when I’m cooking, I just add some red wine or broth to it.


Last ingredient to add is Italian Seasoning.  Add a little at a time, stir, and taste.  There’s a lot going on with Italian Seasoning so if you’re not a fan, just add some basil and parsley at this point.  Let it simmer for about 5 minutes, and you’re done.


 I hope you all give it a whirl.  Until next time….

Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 1 Jar
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1 Can (14.5oz)Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes
1 Can (8oz) Tomato Sauce
1 Can (6oz)Tomato Paste
1/4 of an Onion, diced
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 Tbsp Olive Oil

-Heat up the Olive Oil in a medium to large saucepan over medium-high heat.
-Add the diced onions and cook for about 2 minutes, allowing it to sweat out.
-Add the minced garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, careful not to burn.
-Pour in the Stewed Tomatoes and mash with a potato masher until the tomato chunks break down.
-Pour in the Tomato Sauce and stir until it’s all mixed in.
-Add the Tomato Paste a little at a time and stir until you reach the consistency that you like.
-Sprinkle in the Italian Seasoning and stir until it’s all incorporated.
-Let the sauce simmer over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.

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