Tried and True: Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce | Cooking In Stilettos

Remember those lovely Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese Sticks I spotlighted for two of my favorite gals’ Bloggy Birthdays (which you did enter the giveaway, right?).  Well, I played with a marinara sauce recipe from AllRecipes and, I have to say, IMO, this is the PERFECT easy homemade marinara sauce to go with.  Don’t get me wrong, if you have a fave tried and true jarred sauce, by all means, feel free to use that with those toasty cheese sticks.  However, if you want to whip up a sauce that is ready in about 40 minutes and has that long simmered flavor, then I have you covered.  Plus – it’s perfect for your favorite pasta dishes which is never a bad thing, right?

This is the easiest ever sauce to make after a long day at the 9to9, a few ingredients, a bit of cathartic chopping, a quick saute followed by a sprinkle of freshness from herbs simmered for about 30 minutes and *viola*

And, when your mother in law asks you what jarred version you used for your pasta sauce, just smile sweetly and say, “Oh no – it’s this really easy recipe I whipped up from scratch” and bask in the culinary love.

On to the recipe:

Gather your ingredients

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce - Ingredients | Cooking In Stilettos

Browning the tomato paste for a moment before adding the tomatoes

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce - Sauteing the Tomato Paste | Cooking In Stilettos

The secret ingredient – a touch of brown sugar

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce - Adding A Touch of Sweetness | Cooking In Stilettos

Adding the fresh herbs

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce - Fresh Herbs Add A Bit of Flavor | Cooking In Stilettos

And there you go – an Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce that tastes like you cooked it for hours!

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 ounces of tomato paste (or 3- 4 ounces of double strength tomato paste)
  • 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  1. In a heavy bottom saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced onions to the pan and saute until translucent - about 5 minutes or so.
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the tomato paste and stir until the bright red turns a tad darker and takes on a brick colored hue.
  5. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and stir.
  6. Add the brown sugar and stir, making sure the sugar dissolves.
  7. Sprinkle in the parsley, oregano, basil and then follow with the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, mixing well.
  8. Bring everything up to a low simmer and let simmer on the stove for about 30 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
  9. Enjoy!
Adapted from AllRecipes
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