Let's Get Cooking: Every Day Marinara Sauce

This topping is sure to be a hit, and all the vegetarians you know will love it.

So you just got home from work, the kids are running around, and you’re trying to come up with something quick and easy for dinner that they will actually eat.

John and Patty to the rescue. 

This marinara is sure to be a hit, and all the vegetarians you know will love it. You will be the family hero, with or without the cape.  

To make sure we always have sauce on hand in the refrigerator for unexpected guests, we double the recipe. Add a crisp, mixed green salad and you’re all set.

Just for fun, try the new kid-friendly pastas in all colors and shapes. Enjoy!

Recipe: Every Day Marinara Sauce 

¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 of a medium size Onion, minced
2 Garlic Cloves, grated
3 28 oz. cans Tomato Sauce
Pinch of Salt
1/8 tsp. Black Pepper
1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 tbsp. each of dried basil, oregano, and parsley


Heat saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil and onions and sauté for two minutes. Grate in the garlic and sauté another minute. Add sauce and spices, stirring to mix all the ingredients together.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer 15-20 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta. Cover and refrigerate any remaining sauce to enjoy later in the week!

Makes about 8 cups

Calories: Sauce 480, Olive Oil 477, Onion 20, Garlic 8, Spices 0
TOTAL = 985 or 123 calories per cup

John Gifaldi August 17, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Make Wed. "Spaghetti Night" with this delicious Marinara recipe.
Toni McGuire August 22, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Awesome sauce, I'll give that a try. I love to cook cause it is such a stress reliever. Thanks for posting this. I never knew why not to put olive oil in pasta water. Makes all kinds of sense though.
John Gifaldi August 22, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Hi Toni, let me know how it turns out! You can pair this with the meatball recipe http://patch.com/A-kZbg
John Gifaldi August 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM
I picked up some great tomatoes at Smith's in Powder Springs on Friday and canned them on Saturday so I'll be making lots of this Marinara Sauce!
John Gifaldi September 07, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Wed. Night was always pasta niight at our house growing up. We would make this simple sauce and havie it with whatever pasta was in the pantry! http://patch.com/A-kYWW


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