Super simple and inexpensive to make. You will never buy store-bought marinara sauce again! For under $5.00, you can make a large batch of marinara sauce and store it in the freezer, or jar to use at a later date. Pair this sauce with your favorite meat and pasta, use it for pizzas, or even sandwiches. Get creative with your seasonings to make it to your liking, or even add various vegetables to the base to make it even more hearty. Just like the different brands of sauce at the grocery stores, there’s vegetable garden, where there’s an abundance of mushrooms, peppers, and onions. There are traditional variations that are just plain tomato base, and of course you’ll find the garlic flavors. This particular recipe is heavy on the garlic, because no italian dish is complete to me without A LOT of garlic!
I love to add it to my families favorite Italian Sausage Tortellini bake, or even spaghetti. No matter what you add to the sauce, it’s sure to save you MONEY and TIME in the kitchen!
What other sauces do you make from scratch? Let me know in the comments below!
- 2 8 oz. cans Tomato Paste, no salt added is best
- 1 16 oz. can Tomato sauce, no salt added is best
- 16 oz. Chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 cups Water, may need to add more once sauce thickens
- 1 Bell pepper, diced
- 1 Onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Butter or margarine
Seasoning (to taste)
- 3 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
- 2 tablespoon Seasoning salt
- 2 tablespoon Sugar, granulated
- 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Melt olive oil and butter over medium in a stock pot. Add onion and bell pepper, saute until soft (about 10 minutes), stir constantly so they do not burn. Add garlic, saute for a minute.
- Add tomato paste and tomato sauce, mix thoroughly. Simmer for about a minute. Add chicken or vegetable broth, water, and seasonings. Mix thoroughly.
- Reduce heat to low. Simmer sauce for an hour or longer, be sure to stir it every so often so it does not burn. Add a little water if sauce starts to get to thick.
- Use right away for your favorite pasta dish, or cool and store in freezer bag or jar.