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Momma's Marinara Sauce Recipe

Momma's Marinara Sauce

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"This is a very good quality marinara sauce to serve with any pasta dish. Our family has loved it for years. The hint to a good marinara sauce is cooking for an extended period of time over low heat."

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Original recipe makes 6 to 7 servings Change Servings


  1. Combine all ingredients, and cook for at least 3-4 hours before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 11, 2003

To all who keep tomato sauce recipes and add sugar. If you add a good healthy pinch of baking soda, you won't need the sugar which I think comes through in the taste. Hope this helps. Dormy.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 06, 2005

Good, but seemed like it was missing something.


19 Ratings

Sep 13, 2011

Almost exactly like mine, with a few exceptions. I add 1 tsp basil and 1 tsp oregano in addition to thyme. I also use a little (about 1/4 - 1/2 c) red wine (it does darken the color, but adds tons to the flavor!). Lastly, I saute the onions & fresh garlic, and then add fresh mushrooms. Saute all until tender and add to the sauce. Let simmer for a few hours and YUUUM!! You can also add 1-2 lbs ground beef, or a mixture of ground beef and italian sausage (very yummy) for a meat sauce! Glad she took the time to write this down tho, bc I never do and sometimes I forget what proportions when I try to share the recipe :). Thanks Phyllis!

Jan 06, 2004

Very nice sauce! Added a little sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. Great with the manicotti recipe!

Jan 08, 2008

Finally...a delicious and easy marinara sauce! I only had 45 min. to make the sauce and it still tasted great to me and my family. I can't wait to try it when it has had a few hours to simmer!

Oct 05, 2009

Dora you are supose to add the wine to the sauce not drink it.It's 1 (6oz. can) paste.

Sep 20, 2005

I thought this recipe was missing something. However, I gave it a 5 stars because it was good and my family thought it was excellent. I like how simple it is and the diced tomatoes make it some what chunky. For my taste buds though I am going to add oregano, basil and a pinch of baking soda and whatever else I can think of, in otherwords, I am just going work with it. This recipe has potential, I think maybe it was a little bitter. But again a good base or starter recipe.

Aug 20, 2003

I think there must be a typo here in 18 cans of tomato paste...i don't think so. Maybe 1/8 of can of tomato paste is what you meant to say! I haven't tried this recipe yet...


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  • Calories
  • 213 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.3 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 4.6 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 7.5 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 1220 mg
  • 49%

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

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