Easy Marinara Sauce

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I’m gonna let you in on a little secret – I hate onions and tomatoes. *Gasp* I know! It’s not the flavor but the textures. I don’t like chunks in my food and neither does my son. The rest of the family doesn’t mind them – they could take take ’em or leave ’em as long as the flavor is there. If you have picky eaters like us this easy marinara sauce is the perfect solution. The flavor is huge and the sauce is thin and no chunks.

Another reason I love this easy marinara sauce is that it’s quick. It’s not one of those all day simmering sauces (unless you want it to be.) It’s ready to serve in 20 – 30 minutes or you can simmer it longer to let the flavor enhance. The ingredients are minimal and cheap; and this sauce trumps any of the store bought sauces on all levels. Easy-marinara-Sauce

1 can of crushed tomatoes, 1 can of tomato sauce (I use Dei Fratelli canned tomatoes) starts the easy marinara sauce. 1 clove of garlic minced, a teaspoon of crushed red pepper and 2 tablespoons of oregano and you’re halfway there. Stir in 1 teaspoon of basil, onion powder, salt, pepper and sugar and you’re almost done… Drop in a bay leaf, cover the pot and heat at medium-low setting for a minimum of 20 minutes and you have your easy marinara sauce.

You’ll want to taste the sauce periodically and adjust the seasoning to suit your taste. I always end up adding more salt and a little garlic powder to mine.

To make this easy marinara sauce a meat sauce brown and drain a pound of sausage, ground turkey or ground beef. Add it to the sauce before simmering. The sauce is versatile so you can add and remove anything that you choose. It’s a great base for many pasta dishes (like Manicotti!) and a perfect dipping sauce for garlic bread and garlic knots. sauce2

*Note* Don’t forget to remove the bay leaf! They’re not too tasty when you bite into one.

Do you have another recipe for an easy marinara sauce?

Easy Marinara Sauce
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar.
  • 1 bay leaf
Instructions
  1. Add tomatoes to a medium sauce pan and set heat to medium.
  2. Stir in the minced garlic, crushed red pepper and oregano and.
  3. Stir in basil, onion powder, salt, pepper and sugar.
  4. Drop in the bay leaf, cover the pot and heat at medium-low setting for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  5. The longer this cooks the more flavorful it will be.
  6. Taste the sauce periodically and adjust the seasoning to suit your taste.

 

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Maria - February 20, 2013

I’m Italian, and I do the all day simmering of the sauce procession at home, Every.Single.Sunday! But I have made this one before too, and it goes over well with the kids. The hubby calls me a cheater when I do this!

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    Amber - February 22, 2013

    I absolutely LOVE the way a home smells with an all day simmering sauce cooking. Totally mouth watering. I do feel like a cheater when I make this, but it’s so good, simple and quick I don’t care 😉

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    Arthur J Schlitt Jr - August 23, 2015

    What size can of tomatoes and tomatoes sauce do you use for this recipe?

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Lena - February 23, 2013

That looks incredibly delicious. And now I am officially hungry

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Emily - March 2, 2013

I need to start making my own sauces again. Every time I buy a jar from the store, I’m always adding spices and other ingredients to it. It would probably take me the same amount of time to make it from scratch!

Thanks so much for inspiring me – and for sharing this recipe!

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Maggie - April 1, 2013

I just want to double-check – You are using dried oregano and basil in this recipe, correct?

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Allie - February 23, 2015

this looks amazing and so simple which is great with being in college but i was wondering if i could put this in freezer bags and freeze it until i needed it again

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Krista - May 22, 2015

too spicy for my taste! Should’ve added a little bit of red pepper at a time, and seasoned to taste. Good recipe otherwise!

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Pat - July 21, 2016

Please specify can sizes for tomatoes and tomato sauce. Really want to try this but don’t want to mess it up by not using correct amounts. Thanks.

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