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Easy Marinara Sauce Recipe
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Easy Marinara Sauce

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"We built this recipe from a lot of trial and error and a little experimentation with the wine selection. It has a sweet flavor with just a little zing to keep things interesting. Great for all types of italian dishes. We even used it for Italian sausage bombers."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir onion, green bell pepper, and garlic until onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add brown sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, oregano, basil, black pepper, and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until brown sugar dissolves and seasoning is fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Stir tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and white wine into the seasoned onion mixture; bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors have blended, at least 30 minutes.
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Feb 18, 2013

We loved this!! Mr. LTH commented multiple times what a great meal this was. I used my meatballs (Meatball Nirvana) and a combination of linguini & fettucini as vehicles for this sauce. I'm lazy, so I tossed everything in the crock pot on high for 1 hour, then turned it to low (and added my already cooked meatballs) for the next few hours. Surprisingly, we were out of tomato sauce, so i subbed crushed tomatoes. I also had to sub red wine for white wine when I realized we were out of that, too. I increased the crushed red to almost a teaspoon, and it was perfect. I WILL make this again. THANK YOU for the recipe, PAcklam!

Oct 01, 2013

I used one sweet onion that I ran through the food processor with the garlic for a finer texture. I omitted the green pepper only because I did not have any and I went easy on the salt. I only had burgundy wine on hand, I used equal amounts in place of the white wine. I made no other changes. I paired this with Meatball Nirvana for homemade meatball sandwiches. EXCELLENT marinara sauce. I seriously can't stop taste testing it. This recipe's a keeper.


11 Ratings

Jun 24, 2015

Wonderful! Now my family wants this instead of jarred sauce!

May 04, 2014

Best meat sauce we've had! The description is bang on - sweet yet zingy!

Mar 29, 2014

I've made this before and it is very good. This time I added a bunch of mushroom to it. It's simmering now and will be refridgerated overnight. Tomorrow I'll bring it back up to temp, add browned Italian sausage links and fresh basil. I'll simmer it an hour to make sure the sausage is cooked thru. As Justin Wilson used to say, "I guarantee". I'll add a photo tomorrow as well.

Dec 19, 2013

This was pretty good, also easy, as the title says. It makes a lot of sauce. The depth of flavour that a long simmered sauce has is not there, but I plan to put a parmesan rind in next time, as well as adding some fresh chopped Italian parsley, and I think those changes will help. Thanks!

Nov 11, 2013

So simple and oh so YUM! I didn't measure anything (mom never did so I never do), used fresh tomatoes and only had red wine. Thanks for a great marinara recipe! Brown Sugar....WOW :-)

Jul 08, 2014

Would give 4.5 stars if I could. This recipe went together quickly, and the flavor is exquisite! I would never have thought to use brown sugar, but it adds a little more depth of flavor (while cutting the tomatoes' acidity) than does white sugar. I did find the texture a little too chunky for me, so next time, I will use petite diced tomatoes. This recipe makes a lot, so I split the sauce into fourths; one went into the fridge, and the other three portions are in the freezer for later. This is probably going to become my go-to sauce recipe; thanks so much for sharing it! 6/14/2014: For some weird reason, I had four cans of stewed tomatoes, but no diced tomatoes, in the pantry. I pureed the stewed tomatoes in the blender and used them. Delicious, and the smooth texture I wanted!


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  • Calories
  • 88 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 2.9 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 736 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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