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Homemade Marinara Sauce



Marinara Sauce is amazing, it is packed with flavor and can be made in relatively small batches for a delicious meal. I may live in a studio in the middle of Chicago and my only view may be a brick wall. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t make my kitchen feel like an open-air Italian home that overlooks rolling hills.


I made this sauce for my homemade turkey meatball subs (HERE), but by all means, use it for a pizza or on top of pasta.


Homemade Marinara Sauce


  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning

  • ½ Tsp Salt

  • ½ Tsp Ancho Chilli Powder

  • 5 Cloves of Garlic

  • ½ C Diced Onion

  • 1 Tbsp Butter

  • ½ C Red Wine

  • 28 Oz Canned Whole Tomatoes

  • 1 Tbsp Tomato paste






On a plastic cutting board dice your onion and garlic. Using the face of the knife press against the clove of garlic to release it from its casing.


In a skillet melt butter and saute onions and garlic until they are translucent. Add spices and toast for about three minutes. Those smells coming off the pan should be filling your space.

I honestly smile whenever I catch a whiff of an amazing scent while I am cooking. It brings me joy, and in a life that can have its stresses, it is important for me to find joy.



Pour in your red wine and let it bubble and steam out the alcohol. This red wine will contribute some robust flavors to our sauce. A little tip when picking your wine, if you would not drink it do not cook with it. One reason being if you do not like the flavors enough to drink it, why would you want them in your food? Also, you will most likely want to have a glass while you cook!



The wine should simmer for about 4 minutes.



Next, let's turn our attention to our tomatoes. I choose to work with whole tomatoes because they have much more flavor then pre-diced canned tomatoes. Pour your tomatoes in a large bowl and use your hands to squeeze the whole tomatoes to break them up.


Add the tomatoes to our pot and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on the sauce to avoid boiling.





Add in tomato paste to thicken the sauce and simmer for another 20 minutes. The longer it simmers the more opportunity the sauce has to bloom in flavor.


Enjoy! May I recommend homemade Turkey Meatball Subs?



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