I use this recipe for marinara sauce as a base for all my pasta dishes. You can use the sauce 'as is' for a meatless spaghetti sauce. Or you can add just about any meat or seafood to add variety to your meals. In addition, you can add kidney beans and your favorite ingredients to make a super chili. My kids eat this pasta sauce like no other. They are happy campers when the house is filled with the aroma as this sauce is cooking.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
40 mins
55 mins
6 quarts


Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the garlic until lightly browned. Drain excess oil. Mix in the whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes, green chiles, tomato paste, capers, green olives, parsley, portobello mushroom caps, horseradish, habanero sauce, and sugar. Season with Italian seasoning, oregano, and cumin. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes.


Nutrition Facts

41 calories; protein 1.3g; carbohydrates 6g; fat 1.7g; sodium 400.5mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (2)

7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
This is a very chunky sauce. After adding the chopped green chiles and smelling the pot I was a little wary but it turned out great. I had it on homemade pizza and when I was spreading it on the crust again I was a little wary about it being too chunky but again it was great. I let it simmer longer than called for and I think that helped break down the whole tomates. It has a great flavor and will be much better served plain on pasta than a regular sauce would be. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Horseradish makes this sauce. Pretty good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Turned out great. So flavorful! Read More