This sauce is so good, I almost don’t want to share it. However, I will put my selfish feelings aside and help a mother (or father) out. I’ve been trying to get a good homemade marinara for a while now, and have been making this one for a while and it was good, but not GREAT. Until….I added a delicious secret ingredient, red wine! This brings the sauce up to a whole other level and tastes like it came out of a restaurant. I used to go easy on the sauce, now I pile it on because it’s so good.
Now, I know that making your own marinara is harder than buying a jar at the store. But, this really doesn’t take a lot of time and it freezes really well. So, you can make a double batch and freeze the extra, and have it ready whenever you need it! It’s totally worth the trouble, I promise.
It’s so easy, in fact, that this is going to be one of my shortest posts to date, if I can shut up for a minute and show you how it’s done.
Okay. Ingredients, assemble!!!
That spice bottle hiding behind the onion is Italian seasoning, by the way. Oops. I will note, that having good quality herbs and spices is important. I used to be super cheap and get stuff at the dollar store and wondered why my stuff tasted so meh. It’s because I used meh herbs. I am partial to McCormick. Not too expensive, and very tasty.
The only prep you need to do here is chop your onion, and mince your garlic if using fresh. I buy a giant jar of minced garlic (as you can see), saves time. Heat your olive oil over medium high heat, add your onion and cook for a few minutes, until translucent. Then, add your garlic and cook for just a minute. Add all of the remaining ingredients and give it a good stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes. I usually get mine going in the afternoon and let it simmer for a couple of hours.
TIP! When using tomato paste, open both ends of the can and push it up from the bottom like a push-pop. Like so:
As the sauce simmers, stir it every now and then. Whenever you’re ready, serve with whatever your heart desires! A house fave here is spaghetti and meatballs. You can add ground beef or Italian sausage to make a meat sauce, hide some veggies by stirring in some baby spinach, the possibilities are endless! I probably use this recipe or some variation of it at least once a week, so if you’re following and cooking along, we’ll be using this a lot. Enjoy!
Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- two 8 oz. cans tomato sauce (or one 15 oz. can)
- one 6 oz. can tomato paste
- one 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup red wine (cooking or drinking)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, dice your onions and mince garlic, if needed.
- Cook onion until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add remaining ingredients, tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, sugar, pepper, and red wine. Stir well.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes to all day.
Note: If you want to make a meat sauce, add brown ground beef or sausage between steps 2 and 3. If you want to add baby spinach, add after you remove sauce from heat when it’s done simmering and stir until spinach is wilted.