Homemade Marinara Recipe | Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

Homemade Marinara Recipe | Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

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What if I told you an Italian man gave me his mother’s a Homemade Marinara Recipe? Excited yet? I tweaked the recipe a bit, but not much. It just needed a tad bit more garlic and maybe a little more herbs.

Spaghetti has been a staple in our home for well over a decade now. I usually make vegetarian marinara.  

I’ve tested it against men who refuse to eat a meal without meat, and they end up praising this dish, saying they didn’t even miss the meat! However, feel free to add some ground beef, or chicken, whatever you like to this recipe.

We’re not exactly vegetarians around here, but I’ve always preferred spaghetti without meat. Not to mention meat is expensive, and we need a few meals without it for budget purposes!

If you’d like to have meat in your spaghetti, you can check out my lovely meatball recipe. This recipe will teach you how to cook meatballs for spaghetti!

Homemade Marinara Recipe

Marinara | Red Sauce

Marinara | Red Sauce

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This is a great weeknight recipe. It’s easy and delicious! Pair this homemade marinara recipe with my Meatball Recipe!


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion – yellow (no sweet) or white (diced)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes or 3.5 cups of fresh diced tomatoes
  • 28 oz tomato sauce or 3.5 cups of fresh tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp fresh or dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp of red cooking wine


  1. If you are cooking pasta with your marinara, get your water boiling now.
  1. Saute onion, and garlic in olive oil until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add tomatoes, herbs, and spices.
  3. Bring to boil.
  4. Add red wine.
  5. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with delicious pasta and meatballs!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 134Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1673mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 10gSugar 18gProtein 6g

For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.

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Ideas to Use This Marinara

The most obvious use for a marinara recipe is to make spaghetti with it. However, you can use it to make my Slow Cooker Lasagna or my Instant Pot Lasagna! It’s also great on my Meatballs. You can also use it as pizza sauce in a pinch! Additionally, use it on any pasta, or bread!

Check out 50 Things To Make With Pasta Sauce for more inspiration!

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4 thoughts on “Homemade Marinara Recipe | Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals”

  1. I was looking at the marinara sauce recipe and it looks like an herb or spice was left out it’s the one right after the thyme was it maybe basil? Just wondering this looks really good. Debbie

    1. Hey Debbie,

      Haha, I always seem to leave something out, lol. Thanks for catching that for me! It is basil you are right! What is marinara without basil? Thank you so much for your help. I will fix the recipe.

      Have a wonderful week!

  2. For some reason, marinara sauce is always more expensive than all the other pasta sauces at the grocery store. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. I’m not sure why anyone buys marinara, honestly. It’s easy to make, not time consuming, and you can make it the way you want it. It just make so much more sense to make it home rather than buying it! Once you get used to making it yourself, you’ll probably never go back to store bought, and wonder why you ever did!

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