Recipe – Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce


During the week when I am running around with the kids, working and trying to stay on top of my mountain of laundry, trying to get dinner on the table can be a challenge.  But here is a quick and easy sauce that anyone can make and is so much better for your family than jarred sauce – not to mention the superior taste.

Have a look and try it out…..


4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 small onion finely chopped

2 large cloves garlic, minced

5.5 cups of tomato puree

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped*1 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped*

1 teaspoon of salt

dash of red pepper (This is subject to taste and depends on how spicy you like your sauce.  You can skip this step, add more or even substitute with black pepper.)

*If you do not have fresh parsley and basil in the house, you can substitute with the dried versions.


1.  In a large, deep skillet  heat the olive oil on medium heat.

2. Add the onion and saute for about 5-10 minutes until onions are translucent.

3. Add the garlic and stir, cook for about 1 minute, do not let the garlic brown.

4.  Add the tomato puree, then add the fresh basil, fresh parsley, salt and pepper, cook  uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 30 – 45 minutes.  Stir occasionally so that the sauce does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Now wasn’t that easy????  Enjoy and Buon appetito!

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9 Comments on “Recipe – Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce

  1. I am going to try it! Just to clarify though….is tomato puree “tomato sauce?”

    • Hi Kathy! No…..puree is something you can find in the can…for instance by Hunts. For us it comes in jars and is called passata. It is a little thicker than the sauce you find in cans. And remember to use a LARGE skillet, or if it is not that large, at least a little deep. Let me know how it turns out!

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    • Awwww…thanks!!! And yes….I agree…there is nothing like a home-cooked meal. I did not even think about how you guys must be handling meal time. But for sure you have been trying so much fabulous local cooking in all the places you have been. New food is ALWAYS fun!

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