Dips and Sauces

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Skip the tartness of jarred pasta sauces and make your own homemade marinara sauce with some basic pantry ingredients. Use it with your favorite pasta recipes or freeze it for another day.

Balance out the tartness from jarred pasta sauces with this beefy sweet roasted red pepper marinara sauce recipe!

Here’s a quick recipe for a marinara sauce that’s a staple in my kitchen. I’m not a fan of the tartness and acidity that typically comes from the jarred pasta sauces you get from the grocery stores, so I tend to make my own. This homemade marinara sauce has a hint of sweetness, a beefy base and a touch of heat. Adjust the amount of sugar accordingly to balance and bind the acidity from the tomatoes. And make sure to have an apron on because this sauce spits!

If you’re looking for pasta ideas on what to pair it with, try this meatball pasta bake, cheesy hot Italian sausage pasta bake, chicken Parmesan, Italian baked chicken, or this spinach and three cheese manicotti. Let’s start cooking.

Balance out the tartness from jarred pasta sauces with this beefy sweet roasted red pepper marinara sauce recipe!

HOMEMADE MARINARA SAUCE RECIPE TIPS

Garlic – I used fresh garlic but you can substitute it with some garlic powder.

San Marzano tomatoes – San Marzano tomatoes are said to be sweeter than others so you’ll end up with a marinara sauce that isn’t too tart. I use a meat smasher to smash these whole peeled tomatoes but you can also use a wooden spoon.

Beef bouillon cubes – These give the sauce a beefy base. It’s like adding some beef broth but skipping the simmering time to cook it down.

Sugar – I like adding sugar to balance the tartness of the tomatoes. Feel free to adjust or leave out if needed.

Simmering – The recipe calls for 15 minutes of simmering but you can simmer the sauce in a covered pot for up to a few hours. If you would like to simmer it even longer, it’s probably a better idea to make the sauce in a slow cooker instead.

RECIPES TO PAIR WITH MARINARA SAUCE

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Balance out the tartness from jarred pasta sauces with this beefy sweet roasted red pepper marinara sauce recipe!

Homemade Marinara Sauce


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 22 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x

Description

Skip the tartness of jarred pasta sauces and make your own homemade marinara sauce with some basic pantry ingredients.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (28 oz.) can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Over medium-high heat, saute onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in tomato sauce and peeled tomatoes.
  3. Crumble beef bouillon cubes and stir to mix.
  4. Season with red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Add in basil, oregano and Italian seasoning and stir to mix.
  7. Store, freeze, or use with your favorite pasta recipe.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Makes about 5 cups of marinara sauce.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 17 mins

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2 Comments

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    Trisha - The Lazy Mom
    June 17, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Thanks for sending this recipe my way, Farah! I looooove it and can’t wait to try it. I hope you don’t mind that I shared it over on my Lazy Mom Facebook page. 🙂
    Trisha

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Absolutely! Thank you for sharing. I hope it brings more people to realize the beauty of balanced marinara sauce.

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