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Homemade Marinara Sauce

A large, black skillet with Homemade Marinara Sauce inside and a wooden spoon in the sauce. Everything is sitting on a wood board.

 

 

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Do you remember as a kid, coming home from a long, stressful day at school to your mom stirring something on the stove and just the scent of the food was like a warm hug? That’s what this Homemade Marinara Sauce is to me – a warm, comforting, hug.

There are some foods that are just more “homey” than others. Some foods just envelop us in a sea of memories, a vast ocean of flavorful remembrances  of days gone by.


I don’t why exactly, but this Homemade Marinara Sauce just says “home” to me. My mom never made homemade marinara sauce that I can recall, so I’m not sure why I have a sense of attachment to this food unless it’s just the fact that I’ve always loved Italian food and really anything involving marinara sauce.

When I lived at home, Mom would always grab a jar of Ragu Traditional Sauce and then add in a little bit of seasoning (probably garlic salt – she was a firm believer that EVERYTHING tasted better with garlic salt!) and she would usually add in ground beef to make the sauce a little fancier.

(If you love Italian food, check out my Copy Cat Olive Garden Eggplant Parmigiana recipe that features this Homemade Marinara Sauce!)

 

 

A large, black skillet with Homemade Marinara Sauce inside and a wooden spoon in the sauce. Everything is sitting on a wood board.

 

 

Why you should make your own Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce

As a kid, I didn’t think there was any such thing as homemade marinara sauce, I mean, that’s just one of those things you buy at the store in a jar, right?!

Now that I’m an adult, although I occasionally buy my sauces, however, I do prefer to make them from scratch at home because I’ve discovered that a lot of brands add sugar or corn syrup to their sauce which makes it taste great but leaves it quite a bit less healthy for one to consume.

In an effort to eat healthier and give my family the best possible food that I can, I have started making my own homemade marinara sauce. Since I developed this marinara sauce recipe we have never purchased it from the store again.

You’ll be amazed at how fast and easy this homemade marinara sauce is to make – oh, and it freezes well too, so go ahead and make a double batch and freeze some for later!

 

 

A large, black skillet with Homemade Marinara Sauce inside and a wooden spoon in the sauce. Everything is sitting on a wood board.

 

 

How to make your own Marinara Sauce

While I’m all about homemade, I do understand that most of us have very busy schedules and need to make use of modern day conveniences so for this recipe, I’m using 28 ounces of canned tomato sauce, and 28 ounces of canned crushed tomatoes.

I poured both cans of the tomato sauce and the crushed tomatoes into a large, deep skillet and then began heating it all on medium heat.

 

 

A large black skillet on a white stove with tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes inside the skillet and a wooden handled, blue spatula in the sauce.

 

What you’ll need to make Simple Homemade Marinara Sauce

Next, let’s add some seasonings to our sauce that is going to make it taste fabulous.

I added:

2 tbsp minced onion

2 tbsp dried parsley

2 tbsp dried basil flakes

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp garlic salt

salt (to taste)

ground black pepper (to taste)

 

 

A large black skillet on a white stove with tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes inside the skillet and a wooden handled, blue spatula in the sauce. Garlic powder, minced onion, onion powder, dried basil flakes, dried parsley flakes, salt, pepper, and garlic salt have been added to the top of the sauce but haven't been stirred in yet.

 

 

How to cook this Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Once all of the seasonings have been added, stir them into the sauce so that everything is well combined and mixed together.

 

 

A large black skillet on a white stove with tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes inside the skillet and a wooden handled, blue spatula in the sauce. Garlic powder, minced onion, onion powder, dried basil flakes, dried parsley flakes, salt, pepper, and garlic salt have been added to the top of the sauce and stirred in along with fire roasted diced tomatoes.

 

 

The Best Homemade Marinara Sauce

Serve the sauce immediately or allow the homemade marinara sauce to simmer on low for  20-30 minutes.

There is really nothing better than the smell of simmering homemade marinara sauce on a cool, rainy day or when you’re coming home from a long, stressful day at work.

Give me the smells of simmering marinara sauce and the sounds of Frank Sinatra crooning a ballad and I’m all set for a good, relaxing evening!

If you love this recipe, try my Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce recipe

 

 

Two Kerr Mason jars filled with Homemade Marinara Sauce and gold lids screwed onto the jars.

 

 

Freezer Friendly Marinara Sauce

Any leftover sauce can be placed in glass jars with tight sealing lids and stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

In order to thaw the sauce in the  jars, set them out on the counter at room temperature until thawed, thaw them overnight in the fridge, or place them in a container of warm water.

 

 

A large, black skillet with Homemade Marinara Sauce inside and a wooden spoon in the sauce. Everything is sitting on a wood board.

 

 

What should you serve Homemade Marinara Sauce with?

This Homemade Marinara Sauce is delicious over spaghetti pasta, in Goulash, on spaghetti squash, over Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Parmigiana, on pizza, or used as a dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks or calzone.

 

 

A large, black skillet with Homemade Marinara Sauce inside and a wooden spoon in the sauce. Everything is sitting on a wood board.

 

 

Thank you for stepping into my kitchen and cooking with me today!

Happy dining!

-Amy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large, black skillet with Homemade Marinara Sauce inside and a wooden spoon in the sauce. Everything is sitting on a wood board.
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Homemade Marinara Sauce

A flavorful, all purpose, sugar and sweetener free Marinara Sauce that is versatile and delicious! 

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Homemade Marinara Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Pizza Sauce, Spaghetti Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 36 ounces
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula

Ingredients

  • 28 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz Fired Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tbsp dried basil flakes
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and fire roasted diced tomatoes into a large, deep, skillet and stir. 

  2. Set the heat to medium heat and add in all seasonings, tasting as you go and adjusting as needed.

  3. Stir in the seasonings and allow the sauce to simmer on medium/low heat until heated through and bubbling.

  4. Serve on pizza, pasta, as a marinara dip, or freeze in glass jars for up to 6 months. 

Shared at Full Plate Thursday

Shared at Weekend Potluck

Shared at Meal Plan Monday

Shared at Foodie Friday Link Party

Also Shared at What’s for Dinner Sunday

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Copy Cat Olive Garden Eggplant Parmigiana - The Speedy Spatula
    August 14, 2018 at 10:17 am

    […] note, if you want to kick this recipe up a few notches, make my Homemade Marinara Sauce and use it for the topping on this Copy Cat Olive Garden Eggplant […]

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    August 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Your Homemade Marinara Sauce looks amazing! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  • Reply
    Melaney
    August 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Is that “dried” minced onion, or “fresh” minced onion?

    • Reply
      Amy - The Speedy Spatula
      August 21, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      I used dried minced onion but fresh minced onion can be used if sautéed before adding to the sauce. 🙂

  • Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    September 17, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Ohh – that would go beautifully on my pizza-burgers! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – hope to see you next week too. In the mean time, have a fabulous week!

    • Reply
      Amy - The Speedy Spatula
      September 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Pizza Burgers?!! Mmmm…that sounds delicious! How about we have a party and you bring the burgers and I’ll bring the sauce! 😉

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