Hearty Marinara Sauce

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5 from 7 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

This Hearty Marinara Sauce is a 30 Minute Marinara that is perfect for busy days when you want homemade taste without the fuss.

Hearty Marinara Sauce

The Hearty Marinara Sauce only took about 10 minutes of hands on time with this recipe. The rest of the time the sauce is simmering away on the stove top so you can finish preparing the rest of your meal.

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What We Love About This Hearty Marinara Sauce Recipe

This spaghetti sauce marinara recipe is perfect for so many dishes such as pasta, lasagna and chicken parmesan, tender meatballs, homemade beef, a subway meatball sub recipe, meatball marinara hoagie, meatball marinara sandwich, turkey meatballs and pork meatballs. The options are simply endless! Don’t forget the parmesan cheese! You can use it for anything that calls for marinara sauce. (Makes a great pizza sauce too!)

  • 30 Minute Meal: Perfect for weekday meals.
  • Easy Ingredients: All pantry ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone is a fan of a rich and hearty sauce for their sauce.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, meat free, dairy free, etc…
  • Makes Great Leftovers: this homemade marinara sauce is wonderful to use for leftovers or even new dishes.
Hearty Marinara sauce over spaghetti on a plate.

Ingredient Notes for Hearty Marinara Sauce

  • Onion: Diced.
  • Fresh Garlic: 6 cloves, minced.
  • Crushed Tomatoes: San Marzano tomatoes, they offer wonderful taste and texture from this robust tomato.
  • Bay Leaves
  •  Italian seasoning blend: The link is attached or use store bought.
  •  All Purpose Seasoning: The link is attached for this blend.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Shred your own, for best flavor.

Equipment Needed for the Sauce

How to Make San Marzano Tomato Sauce

These are the basic steps for making spaghetti sauce marinara. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Sauce in a pot.

STEP 1: HEAT

First, heat extra virgin olive oil with a little butter over medium-high heat in a large pot and then add onions and sauté for 5 minutes and then add the garlic and cook the vegetables for one minute.

STEP 2: MIX

Then add the crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, Italian Seasoning Blend and All Purpose seasoning blend. (these two blends will have all the spices and herbs you will need including oregano, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.) Brin to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for twenty minutes until desired consistency.

STEP 3: FINISH

Lastly, add the parmesan cheese, stir and serve.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Truly this recipe can be made anytime you have some extra time, make a big batch and then freeze the individual portions for when you need them.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store this sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze for up to six months in airtight containers in the freezer.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat on the stove top in a skillet or pot.

Frequently Asked Questions for Hearty Marinara Sauce

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Low sodium ingredients can be used to make this sauce healthier. Also, use a gluten free pasta if you prefer.

CAN I ADD A LITTLE HEAT?

Of course, try adding a little red pepper flakes for a spicier sauce.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, this is a great recipe to make a big batch of and freeze the remaining portions for future use.

WHAT IS A HEARTY MARINARA SAUCE?

Hearty marinara sauce is a sauce with added ingredients to give the sauce more of an impact. In this case we provide a kick with a lot of spices and the parmesan cheese.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARINARA AND PIZZA SAUCE?

A Pizza sauce is usually thicker in consistency than marinara sauce which is more of a tomato puree. Pizza sauce is used to create pizza whereas marinara sauce is served as a dipping sauce or topping for pasta or for sandwiches etc.

A jar of the sauce.

Expert Tips for Making This Natural Flavor Sauce Recipe

  • Add Fresh Herbs: Such as Fresh Basil, Oregano or Parsley.
  • Smooth Sauce: Immersion Blender can make a smooth sauce.
  • Variation tip: Protein, add ground beef, shredded chicken or seafood to the sauce.
  • Alternate ingredient: Add Vegetables like: Carrots, celery, mushrooms, spinach or other vegetables.
  • Cheese: Vary your cheese by adding different varieties such as asiago, pecorino and provolone.

What to Serve with Hearty Marinara Sauce

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Hearty Marinara Sauce
5 from 7 votes

Hearty Marinara Sauce

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This Hearty Marinara Sauce is a 30 Minute Marinara that is perfect for busy days when you want homemade taste without the fuss.
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cans (28 oz) crushed tomatoes , I prefer San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 tablespoon House seasoning blend
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot.
  • Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add garlic to pot and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, Italian seasoning blend and House seasoning blend; stir to combine.
  • Bring to a bubbling simmer then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add grated parmesan cheese; stir to combine.
  • Serve immediate or freeze for later.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Fresh Herbs: Such as Fresh Basil, Oregano or Parsley.
  • Smooth Sauce: Immersion Blender can make a smooth sauce.
  • Variation tip: Protein, add ground beef, shredded chicken or seafood to the sauce.
  • Alternate ingredient: Add Vegetables like: Carrots, celery, mushrooms, spinach or other vegetables.
  • Cheese: Vary your cheese by adding different varieties such as asiago, pecorino and provolone.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 929mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Sauces, Seasonings, Dressings
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 minute recipe, sauce

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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5 thoughts on “Hearty Marinara Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    One of the best Marinara sauce recipes I’ve tried! It is a perfect sauce for our favorite pasta. Would love to have this for the Holidays! Thanks Christina for this wonderful recipe!

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  2. 5 stars
    There is simply no comparison between store bought and homemade marinara. It’s so simple and the flavor is exceptional! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  3. 5 stars
    Definitely one of the best marinara sauce recipes I have ever made! Everyone in my family loves this recipe so much! Will probably have it again. Highly recommended!

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