You'll love this Marinara sauce! This is great with fried eggplant or meatballs. I'm sure you could add ground meat if you wanted to make a meat sauce.

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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 olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook 2 to 4 minutes until crisp-tender, stirring frequently.

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  • Mix in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, oregano and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until flavors are blended, stirring frequently.

Nutrition Facts

54.3 calories; 1.3 g protein; 6.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 442.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2008
Because of a special diet I can't use canned tomatoes or paste so I just subbed the same amount of fresh diced tomatoes. There was enough juice from the tomatoes to make it just right. Also I used 4 cloves of garlic because of personal taste. The addition of fresh basil and oregeno made this dish exceptional. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2006
There wasn't much sauce - it was mainly chunks of tomato and onion. It tasted fine - it just needed to be saucier. Read More
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178 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 105
  • 4 star values: 60
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2008
Because of a special diet I can't use canned tomatoes or paste so I just subbed the same amount of fresh diced tomatoes. There was enough juice from the tomatoes to make it just right. Also I used 4 cloves of garlic because of personal taste. The addition of fresh basil and oregeno made this dish exceptional. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2006
There may be better recipes out there for marinara sauce but I gave this 5 stars just because I made it exactly as the recipe stated and it was tasty--plus it was super easy and quick and the ingredients are all things you tend to have on hand. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2005
Husband says not to bother buying sauce any more after eating this. Changes: added some black pepper Italian seasonings parsley & basil. Used a (drained) can of diced tomatoes w/ garlic & mushrooms. Could use diced tomatoes w/ jalapeno for more of a kick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2008
This was delicious. My changes: 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp basil 1 tsp salt then I pureed the sauce (my kids like it better that way). I doubt I will buy marinara at the store anymore. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2006
This is a really good basic recipe. Personally I use canned whole tomatoes (the closest thing you can get to fresh tom's imo) that I split with my fingers remove the seeds (which only make the sauce bitter) then roughly chop. Depending on what I'm using it for I use a hand blender to puree the sauce until it is as smooth/chunky as required (smooth for marinara dipping sauce chunky for pizza sauce chunkier for pasta sauce etc). Something else I do (I saw this on tv) is to save the dry rinds from Parmesan and add those to the sauce. Remove them when you're done and you've got a lovely subtle flavor. Anyway I'm looking forward to having this later for dinner with 'Sicilian Meat Roll.' Thanks Betsy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2008
I have been making this sauce for years except we prefer basil instead of oregano. In a pinch or for a quick sauce use dried minced onion and garlic salt. And for a more elaborate sauce add this recipe to any jar of spagetti sauce. Don't be afraid to experiment with different ingredients to find what tastes best to you. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2008
Great basic sauce. I didn't have an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce so I used a 6 oz. can of tomato paste and added 4 ounces of water. Let it simmer covered for quite a while until dinner was ready. Added a little fresh basil and no salt. Had this with Fast and Friendly Meatballs from this site whole wheat angel hair and steamed broccoli. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2006
This was great! Simple and tasty. I prefer a smoother sauce so I blended the onion garlic and diced tomatos in the food processor then added that to the rest of the ingredients. Wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2008
This recipe is delicious! I added some sauteed mushrooms and green peppers to the sauce to add something a little extra. I love this sauce. It's so easy to make and change to your liking. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2006
There wasn't much sauce - it was mainly chunks of tomato and onion. It tasted fine - it just needed to be saucier. Read More
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