Marinara Sauce

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Marinara SauceMarinara Sauce: Marinara sauce is a southern Italian tomato sauce usually made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and onions. Its many variations can include the addition of capers, olives and spices.It is occasionally sweetened with a dash of red wine.Traditional southern Italian cuisine uses this sauce to add flavor to pasta, rice, seafood and pizza.

Ingredients (makes 6 cups):

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 20 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt,to taste
  • Ground black pepper, as per taste


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat.
  • Add onions and garlic to the hot oil.
  • Cook until the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the grated carrots and a pinch of salt.
  • Cook another 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened.
  • While the vegetables cook, open tomato cans.
  • Pour tomatoes with juices into a large bowl.
  • Use your hands or a potato masher to crush the tomatoes until desired sauce consistency.
  • Add crushed tomatoes with all juices and bay leaf to the pan.
  • Stir the sauce then bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
  • Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Adjust the seasoning with salt and ground black pepper.
  • Remove bay leaf and discard then stir in chopped basil.
  • Cool and refrigerate up to one week or freeze up to 6 months.


  • If the sauce is too bright or acidic, try adding a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity from the tomatoes.

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