This sauce can be used for spaghetti, ravioli, chicken Parmesan, or anything Italian! It's very quick and very easy! Anything from seasoning to spices can be adjusted without compromising the basic flavor of the sauce. Sometimes we add bell peppers or tomatoes with green chiles. Add anything you like.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onion in the oil until translucent. Add the garlic and cook and stir another 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning. Season with salt. Cook until completely heated, another 2 to 3 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

101 calories; protein 2.7g; carbohydrates 13.6g; fat 5.1g; sodium 174.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2008
This was my first attempt at homemade marinara. I used a 10oz. can crushed tomatoes and 1 can rotel I pureed the rotel. I did tweak the seasonings a bit! My bf thought it was too runny so I will add tomato paste next time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2011
Too acidic. Add sugar to balance. Read More
(8)
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2008
This was my first attempt at homemade marinara. I used a 10oz. can crushed tomatoes and 1 can rotel I pureed the rotel. I did tweak the seasonings a bit! My bf thought it was too runny so I will add tomato paste next time. Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2009
I'm giving this five stars although at first I thought that it was too spicy. I scaled the recipe to accommodate a huge can of crushed tomatoes that I needed to use up (hence my search for a tomato sauce recipe). Although I doubled the recipe and still added extra tomatoes (64 ounces instead of a mere 56) it had a lot of bite. Yet I can't stop eating it and my husband who doesn't crave spicy foods likes it too and says it is not too spicy. This is a good sauce in which to add those things that you want to get rid of. I added a rind from a wedge of romano cheese and let it simmer quite a while. And as good as it is I had some heavy cream that needed to be used up so I added 7 ounces of heavy cream to a double recipe of this sauce. Very good and I imagine it will be even better with pasta! Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2011
So GOOD! Make more and freeze it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2012
Wow great basic recipe loved this! I make hot italian sausages in the slow cooker usually just dump a jar of prepared sauce for a quick fix but was out of sauce. I did have a can of crushed tomatoes and found this recipe. So glad I did. I did do some doctoring in addition to the recipe ingredients I added some fine chopped carrot about 1/2 cup red wine and a packet of beef boulion in place of salt. I also added some sugar about two tablespoons to cut the acidity and sweeten a bit. Delicious. Good-bye jarred sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2011
I added a pinch of sugar 1 tbsp of tomato paste (for thickness) and a tiny bit of vegetable bullion cube. delicious and very easy to make! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/09/2014
Good as far as it goes. If you can get away with it use tomato sauce and simmer it longer the longer the better adding water if you need to. As others have said a bit of tomato paste will thicken the sauce but make it even more acidic and bitter. So... Add a pinch of baking soda. IMO sugar is not a good idea because it doesn't solve the acidity. It only masks it (and does so badly). Instead do what my sainted grandmother used to do. Add a pinch of baking soda just as the sauce begins to simmer and stir the foam back in. Bases counteract acids. Cook awhile and add a little more baking soda if necessary. (Taste first.) That step will allow the natural sweetness of the tomato to assert itself. Don't overdo the baking soda though. It will make the sauce unacceptably salty. Oh and leave out the salt if you use bs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2015
This sauce is fabulous! I did make a few of my own tweaks to it after making it a few times. I have kids & they especially my youngest don't like the hotness. So I omit the crushed red pepper flakes & for those of us that do like it spicy we sprinkle it on top of our separate dishes. I also added meat sausage & meatballs. I brown the sausage first before letting them cook in the sauce. Because I triple the recipe I actually have to bake my meatballs in the oven due to not having a big enough pot. Because I added meat the sauce came out a tad watery so the next time I drained the juice from the diced tomatoes & that seemed to help. Overall an excellent sauce great for my entire family. It has become a staple in our household & every I make homemade sauce this is the recipe. It also cooks well in the crockpot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2009
Mmm.. this was so good I was eating it plain there was barely enough sauce left to cover my stuffed shells! I added a little bit of half and half (or heaving whipping cream) because that's how I like my sauces but it was still good without it. Super easy too. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2011
Too acidic. Add sugar to balance. Read More
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