Homemade Marinara Sauce

My 10 year old loves plain red sauce. Nothing fancy, just red sauce and pasta (preferably spaghetti). I am always looking for new variations on red sauce, so I tried this one. It was pretty good, but it lacked something…maybe depth? 🙂 Maybe it would have been better the next day? Anyway, son liked it, and I thought it was okay.

rating: 8

Homemade Marinara Sauce

makes 6 cups
time needed: 35 min.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 28- oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano *
1 teaspoon dried basil *
1-2 tablespoons sugar
salt and pepper, to taste


Add olive oil to large pot and saute chopped onion, celery and garlic on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
Add crushed tomatoes, spices, and 1 Tablespoon of the sugar.
Reduce heat and let simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Add spices and sugar to taste.
Use an immersion blender if smoother consistency is desired.


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