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Rustic Marinara Sauce

Rated as 4.77 out of 5 Stars

"I've been perfecting this recipe for over 10 years. Melting just a little cheese in the sauce adds great richness without overwhelming the tomatoes. And it's easy to keep these ingredients stocked in the house! Makes for amazing leftovers!"
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1 h 30 m servings 299
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat; cook and stir onions for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes more.
  2. Mix petite diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes, white wine, tomato paste, oregano, salt, sugar, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and bay leaves into onion mixture; reduce heat to low, cover Dutch oven, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend, about 1 hour.
  3. Remove Dutch oven from heat. Add 1/2 cup Pecorino-Romano cheese, basil, and parsley into into sauce; stir until cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle remaining cheese over sauce when serving.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • It's almost better the day after. Make it the day before and heat it up for company!
  • This recipe is also very forgiving. It's the perfect starting point for all kinds of tomato sauce experimentation (add ground beef, add sausage, serve over chicken cutlets, or try different cheeses or herbs, etc).
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 299 calories; 18.4 21.4 4.5 0 836 Full nutrition

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Turned out amazing! My favorite sauce as of today. However I did make some adjustments. I cut the recipe in half as I thought the original would yield too much for my home. I did add diced mushr...

This is an excellent sauce. I followed the recipe exactly, except used crushed rather than diced tomatoes and less olive oil.

Straightforward and delicious. Nicely balanced. I didn't change a thing.

Very flavorful and thick. Tastes old school, Italian like my Sicilian neighbors used to make in high school. Loved it... even my picky teenagers liked it.

I really didn't make this recipe, but I am Italian, and I learned how to cook sauce exactly the same way my mother did using this exact recipe. We never measured, but we eyeballed it, did it by...

Excellent sauce! Easy to make and I only eliminated the crushed red pepper. I did not have any! Oops My men loved every bite of it.

It was super easy and super good. Didn't last long as all three batches went quickly and I had three requests for the recipe.

there were several changes I made to this recipe. Do to my preferences. I used one large can of crushed tomatoes. This replaces diced tomatoes. Instead of 1/2 cup of olive oil. I used 2 tbs. (be...

Added a rib of chopped celery and a chopped carrot for sweetness. Excellent sauce to add meat to.