Homemade Marina Sauce

Marinara Sauce from scratch is a great way to incorporate fresh tomatoes in meals. It’s easy because you can make tons at one time then freeze or refrigerate for later. As we’ll discuss later, there’s ton of ways you can use it, whether on you favorite pasta or in other recipes calling for marinara sauce.

Marinara Sauce from scratch is a great way to incorporate fresh tomatoes in meals. It's easy because you can make tons at one time then freeze or refrigerate for later.

This homemade marinara sauce from scratch recipe has a simple base of tomatoes (whole and crushed) with onions and garlic. The prep time for this recipe takes no time at all, and will cook down while you tackle other parts of your meal or house work. It keeps for about 5 days in the fridge and freezes well!

Once you start making this quick homemade tomato sauce by Little Sprouts Learning Garden, you’ll never buy jarred pasta sauce again!

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Homemade Marinara Sauce from Scratch

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 quart good tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Start with one finely chopped onion in a few tablespoons of olive oil. Cook it low and slow until it’s translucent.
    Cook onions until translucent
  • Add a pound of thawed ground beef. Cook and stir chopping up the meat until it’s well browned. Drain any excess fat from the meat.
    Cook meat until browned
  • Add tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and crushed garlic
    Add tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and crushed garlic
  • Cook over low heat at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can cook the marinara sauce up to 4 hours.
    If the mixture gets too thick, add a cup of water and cook it down again. The longer you cook the sauce, the more intense the flavors.

Marinara Sauce Recipe Fresh Tomatoes

In this recipe I mentioned tomato sauce, but you can make our own roasted tomato sauce. Making your own tomato sauce is a great way to use excess tomatoes you might have in the garden around harvest time.

Recipes Using Marinara Sauce

Easy Minestrone

The mini tubes of pasta called ditalini cook up quickly, but you can use any small shape.

Quick Ratatouille

Saute chopped bell peppers, zucchini, onion, eggplant and garlic in olive oil. Add 2 parts pasta sauce to 1 part water and some fresh basil; simmer until vegetables are tender.

Cocktail Sauce

Mix pasta sauce with horseradish and hot sauce to taste; serve with shrimp.

Tomato Mac and Cheese

Mix some pasta sauce with prepared macaroni and cheese in a baking dish; drizzle with more sauce and bake at 350 degrees F until hot and bubbly.

Bake Eggs in Marinara

Doesn’t get any simpler than this. You’re just two ingredients and 20 minutes away from awesome.

Poach Chicken in Marinara

Seriously, this recipe shows just how easy it is when you make large batches of homemade marinara sauce from scratch to still make a nice dish. All you need is marinara sauce and chicken.

Pizza

This one is probably a no-brainer, but you can make a delicious homemade pizza at home for much cheaper than you might think. Check out the the best pizza dough recipe and this extensive list of affordable, easy homemade pizza recipes.

Homemade Marinara Sauce from Scratch

All in all, Marinara sauce from scratch is an easy and versatile recipe. Please leave a comment with your favorite way to use marinara sauce from scratch!

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Marinara Sauce from scratch is a great way to incorporate fresh tomatoes in meals. It's easy because you can make tons at one time then freeze or refrigerate for later.

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