Kittencal's Marinara Sauce

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 25m
Ready In

"A simple sauce but big on flavor, the longer this sauce is cooked the more flavorful it will be so I recommend to let it simmer for a few hours or even longer, this may also be simmered in a slow cooker on low heat for about 6 hours, using  good-quality canned Italian tomatoes will only add to the flavor of the sauce,  adjust the chili flakes to suit your heat level, if the sauce is too thick you may thin out with water about halfway through cooking time,  for more sauce use 2 cans of tomatoes,  this sauce will freeze well I recommend to make a double recipe keeping the garlic at the same amount then freeze for another meal. I strongly suggest to make this sauce a day or up to 5 days ahead and refrigerate it will develop more in flavor, the longer left in the fridge the better the sauce will be. This delicious sauce pairs great with my #recipe22"

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (150.2 g)
  • Calories 40.2
  • Total Fat - 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 601.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 8.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.9 g
  • Sugars - 4.9 g
  • Protein - 1.9 g
  • Calcium - 25.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 18.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a Dutch oven or heavy pot heat some olive oil over medium-high heat (use a generous amount of oil to coat the bottom of your saucepan).

Step 2

Add in onions, basil, oregano and chili flakes; cook stirring until the onions are softened (about 3-4 minutes).

Step 3

Add in garlic; cook stirring 2 minutes.

Step 4

Add in tomato paste and stir for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Add in the tomatoes with the juice , red wine and 2 teaspoons salt; simmer uncovered for about 2 hours stirring frequently.

Step 6

Season with black pepper and more salt if needed about halfway through cooking.

Step 7

Add in sugar if needed towards the end of cooking.


No special items needed.

9 Reviews


I've been using Kittencal's recipes for years on different sites. This is one my husband and I both love and use all the time. It is the best marinara recipe out there. I usually double it. I use it for pasta, pizza, chicken parm, whatever. It's my go to sauce.


review by:
(22 Jul 2019)


This sauce is so good, I use the giant cans of Italian tomatoes and adjust the other ingredients for a really big batch. I like to freeze in plastic tubs and have delicious sauce for months.


review by:
(10 Dec 2018)


I made this to go with Kittencal's Parmesan Chicken. Unbelievable...and this sauce can be used for anything. I made it exactly as written, and as suggested, I made it a couple of days ahead of the time I was making the chicken. That really enhanced the flavor. It was (almost) exactly like what I grew up with in my Italian community in NJ.:)) Nothing, can ever take the place of my Uncle Joe's but this is about the closest I have had. The only thing that I did differently was to give it a swirl in the food processor just before I used it to completely crush all of the tomatoes in case my guests did not like it a little chunky. I did use the two cans or tomatoes as suggested, and next time I will be sure to make a double batch and freeze it to save for other dishes when I am ready to make one. Another Kitten winner!


review by:
(17 Aug 2015)


I am happy to find this delicious Marinara here. It is so delicious and went great as a topping to meatballs that I made for some sub sandwiches.


review by:
(9 Jun 2014)


I made some up to use for sauce for fried ravioli I made as appetizers when my kids came over. We loved it and now I have some in the freezer for future use. I have used it for pizza too and just add Italian seasoning when I do. There are so many uses for this sauce and I plan to use it in many ways.


review by:
(2 Mar 2014)


I made the sauce to dip my fried ravioli appetizers in. I cooked the sauce on low for several hours to let the flavors have time to develop and it turned out great!


review by:
(12 Jul 2013)

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