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Marinara Sauce Recipes

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Spaghetti is delicious with an excellent red sauce. This page contains marinara sauce recipes.


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July 19, 2018

A lot of store-bought and restaurant marinara dipping sauces have an unusual amount of extra ingredients and high levels of sugar. Make your own at home and control what you put in it. I wanted some marinara sauce today but I only diced tomatoes at the ready. I used a stevia sugar mix in place of the sugar. It did just the trick!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can(14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes until tender, stirring frequently.
  2. Mix in diced tomatoes, sugar, oregano and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Use an emersion blender to puree the sauce until smooth, or transfer to a blender and pulse until all the chunks are gone. Serve with bread or cheese sticks.
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November 5, 2014

This is great and fresh over cooked pasta or I use it for dipping sauce with mozzarella stix or fried eggplant or zucchini and more!


Total Time: 10 minutes to prepare, 15 mins to heat up!

Yield: Varies on how you are serving this!

Source: I made it up, when I felt like pasta and sauce and didn't feel like making a big sauce!! This has such a freshness to the taste. Enjoy!


  • 1 14 oz. can (14 oz. can) stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 can water
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup frozen peppers
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup red cooking wine (optional)
  • Seasonings to taste*

*Start by using an 1/8 of a teaspoon; season salt, black pepper, garlic powder, basil, Italian seasoning, thyme, rosemary, dill, oregano, Adobo seasoning and sugar.


  • Using my old blender from the basement, I started by putting the stewed tomatoes and water, then the frozen onions and peppers. Add the grated cheese,red wine and seasonings, and blend for 30 seconds. Pour into a 2 quart saucepan and bring to a boil and then simmer just a few minutes.
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    November 3, 2009

    Make "anything spaghetti sauce" with a blender. Throw in whatever leftovers you may have from other meals, with some tomato paste and seasonings. You get a very cheap marinara sauce, by pureeing the ingredients in a blender they can be added together to make a sauce.

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    January 8, 2009

    In a large saucepan, with a small amount of olive oil, saute' the onion and green pepper, until the onion is translucent. Add the stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, garlic, oregano, parsley and sugar.

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    January 5, 2006

    When making spaghetti and/or marinara sauces, or other tomato sauces, I notice that carrots are part of the ingredients. What is the purpose of the carrots? How should they be introduced? Grated, pureed, etc? Is sugar also added when carrots are used?


    Steve from Jackson, NJ


    January 6, 20060 found this helpful
    Best Answer

    I always add carrots, and I always make my sauces from scratch, including home canning my own tomatoes. I put clean and peeled carrot chunks in my blender, along with celery, onion, and a quart of tomatoes, and pulverize. I set it in a pan to cook before proceeding with the sauce-making. Pureed carrots and celery add so much flavor and body to the sauce. And it's a great way to hide veggies.

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