Easy Marinara Sauce

Easy Marinara Sauce

This super simple Easy Marinara Sauce is kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights.

Easy marinara sauce

I was inspired to make this sauce years ago when I saw Giada de Laurentiis make a similar sauce on The Rachael Ray Show. I was surprised that she kept the veggies whole and still had a flavorful sauce.

ingredients in the pot for Easy Marinara Sauce

My mother used to cut the onions so small in hopes that they’d dissolve in her sauce and as a child I’d still manage to find an onion and scoot it to the side of my plate. So I was inspired to make this sauce. I loved that it didn’t involve any chopping and there was nothing for my kids to pick out or complain about. Additionally, the added butter at the end adds another oh so tasty dimension to the sauce.

butter melting in Marinara Sauce

Now the sauce is great on its own served over spaghetti noodles or your favorite pasta topped with fresh grated parmesan cheese and ribbons of basil, for a simple dinner. But it’s also the perfect sauce to use in a variety of Italian dishes such as chicken parmesan, lasagna or stuffed shells.

Easy Marinara Sauce

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Easy Marinara Sauce
This marinara sauce is so simple to make, it doesn't even involve any chopping! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.
Easy marinara sauce
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Easy marinara sauce
Instructions
  1. Add tomatoes, garlic, onion, celery, carrot, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to a large pot on the stove. Bring to a boil, and then simmer over low heat for 1 hour.
  2. Turn off stove and use a slotted spoon to remove the garlic, onion, celery, carrot and bay leaves.
  3. Use an immersion blender to puree the sauce or transfer the sauce to a blender to puree.
  4. Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more butter than called for, if desired.
  5. Serve over spaghetti noodles (or pasta of your choice) top with fresh parmesan cheese and basil ribbons.
Recipe Notes

If you plan to use the sauce for chicken parmesan or another dish, I suggest doubling the recipe. This way you'll have plenty of sauce for the pasta and the main dish.

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