Homemade Marinara Sauce

Freezer Friendly, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta | 7 comments

I am not normally a spaghetti kind of girl. I never understood why people would go out and order spaghetti when there were so many more exciting choices on the menu, especially when spaghetti is so easy to make at home. Spaghetti has always seemed like the fall back meal to me. The “where has the day gone-it’s 5:00 already and I haven’t shopped for groceries-what’s for dinner” meal. I confess, I think I only made spaghetti maybe twice last year. It just never excited me.

New confession – I’ve made this recipe twice this month. It is easy and it is good wonderful. Though I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of eating spaghetti every single week, it is easily one of my new favorites. I didn’t have time to make the accompanying homemade meatballs either time, but I’m sure they are delicious.

The great thing is, the sauce is good enough to eat on it’s own on pasta with a big green salad on the side and some nice Italian dressing. We ate it with egg fettuccine from Al Dente Pasta. Easily the best store bought pasta I’ve eaten. It cooks in 3 minutes, and that just makes this easy meal even faster to make.

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Homemade Marinara Sauce
adapated from Ina Garten

  • 1 Tbs good olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 onion)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c red wine, such as Chianti
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onion and saute over medium heat until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the wine and cook on high heat, scraping up all the brown bits in the pan, until almost all the liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper. Simmer on the lowest heat for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot on cooked spaghetti and pass the grated Parmesan.

This sauce freezes wonderfully.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Elle - February 19, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

    Such an easy recipe, and it looks fantastic, too! I love spaghetti. I never order it out, but I do make it at home a lot.


  • 2
    Momma Bear - February 19, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

    I am not big on Pasta dishes but my husband loves Spaghetti. This one not only sounds good but easy and offers an economical tasty, meatless dinner.


  • 3
    Carolyn G - February 19, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

    This looks so delish!


  • 4
    wendy - February 20, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

    Al Dente is definitely my favorite pasta. I hadn’t had it in a long time, as I had given up pasta in the low-carb crazed days. However, it’s had a new life in my pantry lately because it’s so versatile and delicate and tastes as close to home made as any pasta I have EVER bought from the store. Great stuff!Also, with the economy the way it is, I have been trying to eat lower on the food chain (less meat) and even if I haven’t been to the market, I can always find something to mix up with that pasta…even if it’s really simple like olive oil, garlic, frozen peas or a half bag of spinach and some herbs and cheese.


  • 5
    Luvpurple - February 20, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

    I am not a spaghetti lover either, Katie. BUT, this does sound good. moo


  • 6
    keli - February 21, 2009 @ 1:57 am

    I found you on Twitter via follow friday (I’m keli_h) and now I’m so glad I did! I think I LOVE YOU!! My toddler loves spaghetti so much that it is a request at least once or twice or … oh heck, three+ times a week. I figure it’s healthy so why not, but we are tired of the same old meal. I am always looking for new sauce recipes … this one sounds delish! Anything by Barefoot Contessa is bound be yummy.Thank you!


  • 7
    Amy - February 25, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

    I love, love, love homemade sauce. We just make meatballs out of that sweet turkey sausage and they are amazing! It is worth that little bit of effort and I love how good it tastes the next day. Great post!


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