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Simple Marinara Sauce Recipe
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Simple Marinara Sauce

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"This is a simple marinara sauce, good over any pasta or on lasagna."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute garlic until aromatic and tender. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, oregano, parsley, Romano cheese, Parmesan cheese, bay leaves and onion powder. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 40 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 29, 2003

Great Marinara! I didn't have any Romano Cheese on hand, so instead just used more Parmesan. Great flavor, and I like the chunky texture. I am sure I will use this one over and over! Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 08, 2015

WARNING: YOU MUST BE AN OREGANO LOVER. I personally didnt care too much for it. This tasted like a bad jar sauce. My husband liked it - but thats not saying much. I think Im just not much of an oregano person. Since it had great reviews, i assume I'm part of the few who don't like an over seasoned sauce.


71 Ratings

May 01, 2006

This was an interesting recipe. I am not sure if the cheese really added that much though. I added a little sugar to cut the acid. I also used half a real onion rather than onion powder. I then cooked meatballs in the sauce and before serving threw in a little fresh basil and parsley. It was good and good reviews from the family.

May 21, 2006

This turned out really well. I used it as a sauce for eggplant parmesan and it was simple but tasty. I didn't add as much cheese and added about a tablespoon of sugar.

Jun 07, 2007

Fantastic sauce! I added extra garlic, and since I didn't have crushed tomatoes on hand, I just used a can of diced tomatoes and mashed them a bit in the pot. I eyeballed the measurements, and it turned out great!

Jan 14, 2008

This came out great. I made this with a chicken cutlet recipe listed on this site. I had to be careful, since my wife is Italian, and I could not make a better sauce then she does. Only variation to the recipe was adding 2 1/2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning mix in place of the parsley and oregano and adding 1 tbs of sugar.

Jan 21, 2005

This was simple and good which was what I wanted. I did not have tomato puree and Romano so used tomato sauce and Parmesan. It's great when the recipes call for items in the pantry.

Nov 09, 2011

Followed it to nearly the letter. The thing with this type of sauce is the longer it simmers the better. I let mine simmer for 4ish hours and my dinner guests just drooled. This will be added to the list of sauces I'll use again and again.


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  • Calories
  • 135 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 4.5 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 619 mg
  • 25%

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

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