Classic Marinara Sauce

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Classic Marinara Sauce is a versatile little recipe to have on hand.  The humble marinara sauce ingredients are simmered for just 20 minutes into a richly flavored sauce that can be used in a myriad  of ways.  

This Classic Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy tomato sauce recipe made with canned tomatoes, herbs and garlic and can be used in a myriad  of ways

This simple marinara sauce comes together in a pinch. The onions and garlic are sautéed until soft, then they’re tossed into a blender or food processor with the tomatoes and spices.  The mixture is then simmered for just 20 minutes so the flavors can marry and really shine.This Classic Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy tomato sauce recipe made with canned tomatoes, herbs and garlic and can be used in a myriad  of ways

WHAT IS MARINARA SAUCE

Italian Marinara Sauce is an easy tomato sauce recipe that’s made from tomatoes (fresh or canned), herbs and garlic that can be used for many different meals, such as …

  • Meatballs
  • Vegetable Primavera
  • Ratatouille
  • Pizza
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • As a dip for mozzarella sticks or baked zucchini rounds

MARINARA SAUCE INGREDIENTS

This simple tomato sauce recipe is made with canned tomatoes for convenience.

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 2  tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 large sprig fresh basil

Variations to marinara sauce ingredients:

  • I typically add chicken stock when making this sauce, but when I really want a richer and more boldly flavorful sauce, I’ll use about a quarter cup of wine such as a chianti, and a quarter cup of chicken broth.
  • I like my sauce a little on the garlicky side, so I go with 3 – 4 cloves here.  Basil or no basil?  Sometimes I’ll submerge a large sprig of basil into this sauce at the end when it’s cooking to add another layer of flavor.  

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE MARINARA SAUCE

This basic marinara sauce comes together in about 30 minutes start-to-finish.

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook for 3 – 4 minutes or until the onions start to soften.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. While the onions are cooking, place the Italian tomatoes, parsley and oregano in food processor.
  5. After the onions and garlic have cooked, add them  to the food processor with the tomatoes and process until well blended.
  6. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil back to the skillet.
  7. Add the tomato mixture back to the skillet and bring to a simmer over low heat.
  8. Stir in the coconut sugar, chili pepper flakes and chicken stock.
  9. Simmer sauce for 15 – 20 minutes.
  10. Submerge the basil sprig to the sauce during the last five minutes of cooking (optional).
  11. Salt and pepper to taste.

This Classic Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy tomato sauce recipe made with canned tomatoes, herbs and garlic and can be used in a myriad  of ways

This Classic Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy tomato sauce recipe made with canned tomatoes, herbs and garlic and can be used in a myriad  of ways

This is a great little Italian marinara sauce  to make ahead of time.  It can be made in large batches and then placed in the freezer for later use.

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This Classic Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy tomato sauce recipe made with canned tomatoes, herbs and garlic and can be used in a myriad  of ways
Yield: 4 servings

Classic Marinara Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This Classic Marinara Sauce is a versatile little recipe to have on hand. It’s humble ingredients are simmered for just 20 minutes into a richly flavored sauce that can be used in a myriad of ways. I love to simmer chunky pieces of zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower and carrot in this sauce and serve over gluten-free noodles for a quick and easy primavera.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 2  tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 large sprig fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook for 3 - 4 minutes or until the onions start to soften.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. While the onions are cooking, place the Italian tomatoes, parsley and oregano in food processor.
  5. After the onions and garlic have cooked, add them to the food processor with the tomatoes and process until well blended.
  6. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil back to the skillet.
  7. Add the tomato mixture back to the skillet and bring to a simmer over low heat.
  8. Stir in the coconut sugar, chili pepper flakes and chicken stock.
  9. Simmer sauce for 15 - 20 minutes.
  10. Submerge the basil sprig to the sauce during the last five minutes of cooking (optional).
  11. Salt and pepper to taste.
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