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How to Make Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Why buy sauce in a jar with freaky ingredients and preservatives, when you can can make my Homemade Marinara Sauce in just a few minutes? This sauce has a simple, smooth tomato flavor and makes a ton, so you can freeze half of it and have it on hand for a quick meal another night.

Marinara sauce on pasta

Why make Homemade Marinara Sauce?

My mother’s side of the family is Italian, so homecooked Italian meals like pastas, manicotti and lasagna were a staple in my childhood. My dad actually instructed us to never order spaghetti and meatballs in a restaurant because it “won’t ever come close to being as good as Mom’s”.

That is a fact. It never is.

My mother’s family recipe is just delicious. I’ve used our family recipe as a base, but put my own spin on it to simplify the ingredient list, and speed up the cook time, without sacrificing any flavor.

What do you need?

  • tomato puree
  • tomato sauce
  • tomato paste
  • sugar
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • salt
cans for Marinara sauce

How do you make Homemade Marinara Sauce?

Grab a can opener and start opening cans!

opencans

In a large pot or Dutch oven like this one, combine (1) 28oz can of tomato puree, (2) 15oz cans of tomato sauce and (1) 6oz can of tomato paste.

Stir in 1.5 T sugar, 1T Italian seasoning, .5t garlic powder and 1t salt.

Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The sauce will splatter as it simmers, partially coving it the pot lid is a good idea to help keep your kitchen clean. Just make sure to stir the sauce every few minuets to prevent it from scorching.

Marinara sauce on stove

How to serve Homemade Marinara Sauce?

My husband prefers classic spaghetti noodles like these.

Marinara sauce with noodles

My kids sometimes prefer a “fun” noodle like “bow tie” Farfalle or “twisty” Rotini.

We simply top the cooked noodles with sauce and sprinkle with a bit of shredded parmesan or mozzarella cheese.

I like to serve one or two of the following sides:

How to Store Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara sauce will last in the fridge for up to a week if you store it in an air tight container.

This sauce makes a ton, so I usually freeze half of it to keep on hand for future quick meals.

You can follow my same method for freezing soups to freeze this sauce in individual portions, or freeze it all together in a big container like this.

Marinara sauce over pasta with toppings
Marinara sauce on pasta

How to Make Homemade Marinara Sauce

Liz Olberding @ Up North Nosh
Why buy sauce in a jar with freaky ingredients and preservatives, when you can can make my Homemade Marinara Sauce in just a few minutes? This sauce has a simple, smooth tomato flavor and makes a ton, so you can freeze half of it and have it on hand for a quick meal another night.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 people
Calories 43 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large pot or Dutch oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 28 oz can tomato puree
  • 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1.5 T sugar
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • .5 t garlic powder
  • 1 t salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine (1) 28oz can of tomato puree, (2) 15oz cans of tomato sauce and (1) 6oz can of tomato paste.
  • Stir in 1.5 T sugar, 1T Italian seasoning, .5t garlic powder and 1t salt.
  • Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • The sauce will splatter as it simmers, partially coving it the pot lid is a good idea to help keep your kitchen clean. Just make sure to stir the sauce every few minutes to prevent it from scorching.

Notes

Pair this sauce with my Ground Turkey Meatball recipe
Homemade Marinara sauce will last in the fridge for up to a week if you store it in an air tight container.
This sauce makes a ton, so I usually freeze half of it to keep on hand for future quick meals.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 307mgPotassium: 151mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 224IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Homemade Marinara Sauce, How to, Marinera Sauce, Pasta Sauce
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