Homemade Marinara Sauce

Simple Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce

My husband makes the most INCREDIBLE homemade marinara sauce.   He usually make a double batch to freeze so that we always have some on hand.

This is wonderful sauce that is perfect to use for chicken parmesan, meatballs or ravioli.


3-4 cans of Whole Plum tomatoes (28 oz+ cans) or 20 Fresh Plum Tomatoes, chopped**
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
4 TBSP of olive oil, enough to cover the bottom of the pot.
2-3 TBSP of dried basil
1 tsp of oregano
1 tsp of sugar
pepper to paste


1. Pour olive oil in a large pot.

2. Add minced garlic and chopped onion in pot and saute until translucent and soft. Do not brown!! This is very important.

3. Place tomatoes in a blender or food processor and blend about 5-10 seconds until smooth and pureed.

4. Add in dry ingredients

5. Bring sauce to a slow boil and reduce heat to low.  Simmer for a minimum of an 1  1/2 hours,  stirring every 15-20 minutes so not to burn the bottom.   I prefer to simmer for about 3 hours but it is still yummy if you cook it at the minimum.

** If you choose to use the fresh Plum tomatoes, I parboil them for 1 minute each.  Drain into a colander and let cool for a few minutes.  Then remove the skin, which will pretty much fall off if you gently scape it with a butter knife.  They may be hot so be careful.

homemade marinara sauce

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