My Marinara Sauce

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 35m
Ready In

"I created this recipe when my kids wanted spaghetti and I didn't have any store bought jarred sauce. The funny, thing is, until I started really cooking, I never knew that parsley was nothing more than a garnish. LOL!"

Original is 10 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (191 g)
  • Calories 50.1
  • Total Fat - 1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 1 mg
  • Sodium - 81.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 9.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.6 g
  • Sugars - 5 g
  • Protein - 1.9 g
  • Calcium - 29.3 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 30.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a 3 quart Dutch oven add the olive oil and onions. Saute on medium low heat until tender about 4-5 minutes stirring frequently.

Step 2

Add garlic and saute for an additional 1 minute stirring frequently (Do not let garlic burn).

Step 3

Slice up bell peppers, add to mixture and saute an additional 4 minutes stirring frequently.

Step 4

Add sherry, basil, oregano, parsley, Italian seasoning and mix with other ingredients.

Step 5

Remove mixture and place in food processor or blender and blend until smooth and then place pureed mixture back into dutch oven.

Step 6

Add crushed tomatoes and bay leaf. Add salt (optional). Bring to a low boil stirring frequently, then reduce to simmer.

Step 7

Cover and cook for 45 min on low/simmer, stirring every 5 minutes (I set my timer).

Step 8

Remove bay leaf before serving. Enjoy.


No special items needed.

4 Reviews


I made half of this recipe and it made a lot. That is a good thing because it is very tasty and I froze the rest in single servings for lunches.


review by:
(14 Aug 2012)


I whipped up a batch of this to have on hand for tortilla pizzas and we have really enjoyed it on tortillas for our lunches. My son and I both thank you as he hits my house at least once a day to see what's in the fridge to eat and he was thrilled when this sauce was available for pizzas! I used the leftover sauce to have with meatballs and made subs too, when it was too hot to cook. Thanks for sharing Deb! Linda


(19 Jul 2012)


I really enjoyed this sauce. I followed directions as listed using green peppers instead of yellow and it turned out perfectly. I also tossed in a few meatballs just before serving. Made for the Billboard Recipe Tag game


review by:
(4 Jul 2012)


Lovely sauce! I used diced tomatoes, Merlot and added hot pepper flakes. I left the sauce rustic and did not add the yellow peppers (can not eat). Fast and easy to put together on a busy night. Thank you AcadiaToo for sharing! Will be this making again. Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.


review by:
(3 Jul 2012)

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