Marinara Sauce

4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoons basil, dried
  • 1 whole bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Over medium heat, heat oil in a large pot until hot. Add onion and garlic, saute for 3 to 5 minutes until the onions begin to appear translucent. Add the tomatoes, stir to mingle the flavors. Add in the herbs and bay leaves. Sprinkle in sugar, salt and pepper. Lower the heat and continue to simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir occasionally.

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    This marinara is really easy to make! I will never buy marinara again, the fresh ingredients and taste are well worth it.
    I simmered the sauce for about 1-1/2 hours, but think next time I'll make it an all day sauce. Very simple to make, loved that he uses dried spices vs fresh ( I don't buy fresh spices! I doubled the recipe, but instead of using 2-med onions, I only used 1-1/2 (2-1/4" x 3-1/4" diam and it was still too much. As previously posted, in the future I too will increase the sugar. A very good basic starter recipe for your tweaking. Question: I used EVOO, should I have used regular olive oil??
    Will never buy store bought again with how easy this was to make. I made just one change and used Mexican Oregano because that was what I had on hand. Delicious!
    Added 1/2 teaspoon more sugar and fresh parsley at the end. Delicious and came together quickly.
    When I need a marinara sauce, this is the one I use!
    This is a basic, but excellent recipe for a marinara sauce. I used it in eggplant parmesan and it was fabulous.

    I added 1 tablespoon of sugar instead of 1/2 teaspoon because it was too sour/acidy, and then I blended it. After that, it was PERFECT!
    Delish, simple to prepare, and wonderfully fragrant. 
    i doubled recipe and used 28 oz crushed, and 28 oz tomato sauce.  
    simmered for several hours the next day to deepen the flavor.. so good!! 
    This tastes like stewed tomatoes. Followed the recipe to a T. Not marinara sauce.
    Great sauce and super easy to make. We used it for Chicken Parmesan. Normally we would use our own homemade sauce or in a pinch jarred sauce. But we had neither. This was speedy to make and tasted great. Didn't take too long, so dinner was on the table in an hour. This recipe means I'll never need to buy sauce in a jar again.
    Tyler, this is the best! Simple, tasty, everyone loved it! What more can you ask for??!!! 
    Happy New Year To All!!!!!!!
    Amazing! At the suggestion of others, I used 2 tsp. Italian seasoning instead of oregano and basil, and added Parmesan cheese and ground beef. Everyone loved it! First time making sauce from scratch and it was super easy.
    The only change I made to this delicious sauce is that I added a bit of grated parmesan cheese to it. I let it simmer on the stove all afternoon and my house smelled sooo good!

    I made chicken parm and served the chicken on a bed of spaghetti topped with this marinara and my family loved it. It will definately be a staple in our house.
    This is a great sauce! I doubled it, but only included 1 chopped onion, not the two it calls for if you double and that was more than enough. It was fabulous. I'm going to make more and freeze. I served this to guests...and was proud!
    This was an easy and wonderful sauce. I loved that it requires easy staple items, no need to take a trip to the grocer. Flavor was awesome!!
    This is my favorite marinara recipe. This is a delicious and easy sauce to make for ravioli or pasta when you don't have time to make a meat sauce. There's no comparision to the jar stuff.
    This sauce was great. I followed the suggestion to cook it a little longer to make it thicker, and it was perfect! I would absolutely recommend this.
    This recipe was great, but I only wish it was a bit thicker. Stuck to the noodles more.
    A bit sweet. Crushed toms. from a can are like ketchup to begin with. Recipe takes some innovation to get away from the "top shelf" sauce in a jar flavor. I added in some turkey sausage, hot pepper flakes, fresh basil, fresh ground parsley and portabellas, then cooked it all down for an extra 25 mins. Definitely worth doing, but remember those extras.
    So easy and tastes delicious. Could be from a good italian restaurant.
    Very good sauce. I just let it simmer longer ( about an hour) and it came out great.
    the best marinara sauce!!!!! you can also be creative with this one! goes great on anything!
    I made this sauce for for my shrimp and zuchinni fetucinni in red sauce!!! It was a BIG HIT at the babyshower!!! This is the only sauce you need, but I tweaked it by adding fresh basil instead of dry; gives it more homemade taste, but only add it if you are using right away, or just wait and add when using. DELISH!!!
    This is a great base for many other sauces and stands well on it's own. I did however puree the sauce as my family likes it less chunky.
    Flavor was fantastic. I used my own canned tomatoes, extra garlic(pressed) and oregano and italian seasoning instead of basil. I don't like sweet sauces so I did not add any sugar and I pureed the sauce. I have never been able to make a good sauce and this was perfect!
    I love this. It's so easy, and so full of flavor.

    My own twist: I don't like adding extra sugar, so I cooked the onions for a long time until they started to caramelize. This adds sweetness without extra sugar. It was fabulous.
    This recipe has never let me down. I've used it for faculty lunches -- easy way to please those would-be vegetarians and non-vegies alike! Easy to make, fun for us "non-chefs" too.
    Mom makes a full pot of her pasta sauce and I make a pot of the marinara -- we have sauce to please everyone for the week. Pasta, meatball sandwiches, the choices are endless :-) and I don't get kicked out of the kitchen (even better).
    This recipe takes out all of the guess work.
    This recipe is a big hit with guests and couldn't be easier to make. For a twist I love using it as a meat sauce by adding pre-cooked hamburger and then ladle it over Tyler's creamy polenta.
    This recipe is easy & wonderful! Tastes much better that any I've had at a restaurant.
    I LOVE THIS SAUCE! It is so easy to make and keeps quite well frozen. It's a failsafe when you're not sure what else to make.
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