Monday, March 26, 2012

Quick and Simple Marinara Sauce

This is a quick, basic recipe that I developed after reading more than a dozen different versions of Marinara sauces. This recipe can be changed by using different tomato products from canned sauces, diced tomatoes, pureés, and paste to fresh tomatoes. Various vegetables, meats and herbs can be added. Other additions include grated cheese and wines.

This recipe fulfilled my need for something quick, simple and flavorful without a lot of complications. This is one of my new favorites.

Yield: 3 ½ cups

1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon each onion powder, salt & pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix, heat and enjoy!

This is great over pasta, stuffed peppers or stuffed cabbage. I bet there are many more uses to discover.


  1. For taste and nutritional value try replacing the sugar with organic molasses. A good source of
    potassium, calcium and iron. :)

    1. That's a good natural alternative for extra nutrition, but molasses usually has a pretty strong flavor and there is only a teaspoon of sugar here. If concerned about sugar not being natural, try raw sugar. Of course if concerned about sugar for diabetes, substitute the sweetener of your choice. Stevia is herbal and non-caloric. Thanks for your insight. :-)