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pasta with marinara
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Classic Marinara Sauce for Pasta - Vegetarian

This is a simple and easy marinara sauce for pasta. It has two secret ingredients that make it extra delicious. Once you try this recipe you won't ever want to go back to purchased marinara sauce again. It makes enough sauce for 2 lbs of pasta.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Classic Marinara Sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 84kcal


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  • large kettle (6 quart)


  • 1 quart tomato sauce home-jarred is best. For purchased, use one 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 quart whole tomatoes home-jarred stewed tomatoes are best. For purchased, use one 28-ounce can of whole plum tomatoes.
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ cup red wine merlot or malbec
  • 1 tbsp basil minced fresh
  • 1 tbsp oregano minced fresh
  • 1 tsp marjoram minced fresh
  • 1 tsp thyme minced fresh
  • 1 tbsp Italian parsley minced fresh


  • To adjust the portions, click on the number of serving and a slider will pop up. Adjusting the slider up or down will automatically recalculate the amount needed for each ingredient.
  • Blend the whole tomatoes in a blender, put them in the 6-quart kettle. Add the rest of the ingredients to the kettle.
  • Simmer for 2 hours stirring occasionally
  • At the end of 2 hours, salt to taste and adjust acidity by adding up to 1 tbsp sugar.
    Marinara Sauce


Many substitute 3 tbsp. dried Italian Seasoning for the fresh herbs.
Secret ingredients:  #1 Frozen-Fresh Herbs,   #2 home-jarred sauce and tomatoes. Read the blog (links below) for how to make these ingredients.  
Click on the links for the blog:  Homemade Tomato Sauce,   Canned Whole or Stewed Tomatoes,  How to Dry Herbs(jump to the end of this blog for how to freeze herbs)


Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 795mg | Potassium: 920mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1857IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg