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Easy Marinara Sauce

There’s no reason to get your marinara sauce from a jar. Creating a sauce from scratch is much simpler than you would think! By using fresh, flavorful vegetables you will create something delicious and healthy that you can be proud of. Canned tomatoes make it easy to create a great sauce all year long. This basic recipe is a great place to start experimenting.

Basic Marinara Sauce


1/2 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
2 small onions, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 stalks celery, minced
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 bay leaves


1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
2. Cook the onions and garlic until tender, about 10 minutes.
3. Add the celery, carrots, salt, and pepper. Cook until all vegetables are soft.
4. Add the tomatoes and bay leaves. Simmer until sauce is thick (approximately one hour).
5. Taste, and add more salt and pepper if needed.

This sauce can be served over your favorite pasta, meatballs, or even pizza crust. It works easily in lasagna and stuffed pastas. You can prepare it the day before and keep it covered in the refrigerator to save time. All you have to do is reheat and serve! Learn to jar your own sauces, or freeze them for a later date!

The easiest way to experiment with this recipe is to add herbs. Oregano and basil make wonderful additions to a marinara sauce. Red pepper flakes will give it a spicier tang. Top your creation with chopped parsley for a fresh flavor and splash of color.

Have fun with your sauces! Ditch the jars and find a recipe that your entire family loves.