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Rich and Simple Marinara Sauce

Rich and Simple Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: moderate
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I have a deep love for all things pasta. A plate of spaghetti can almost always soothe my soul. Like, pasta love runs deep 😂. I feel like every family needs a go-to sauce recipe, and I’ve been on a quest to find ours. I have spent years trying to find my ‘just right’ sauce, and many times I’ve come close–but just not quite what I was looking for. I think I’ve finally gotten it right! Try it out served over angel hair (or mixed in). Just don’t forget to top it with fresh Parmesan and basil!

 â±ï¸ 1 hr 30 mins


 6 servings

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 oz salt pork (optional, but adds great depth)
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • pinch red pepper (optional)
  • 2 (28 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
  • 1-2 sprigs basil
  • to taste salt
  • Parmesan


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add salt pork to saucepan for 3-5 minutes until fats have been released into pan. Remove and discard the pork.
  3. Add onion to the saucepan and cook until just translucent.
  4. Stir in garlic, oregano, and red pepper for 1 minute until fragrant.
  5. Combine the tomatoes into the saucepan and bring sauce to a boil.
  6. After the sauce has reached a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Blend tomatoes into a smooth sauce using an immersion blender.*
  7. Add basil springs to saucepan and cover. Allow sauce to simmer approximately 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it just slightly thickens.
  8. Remove basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve with pasta of choice. Often I choose to mix with angel hair (reserving about a 1/4 cup of pasta water, and adding to the mixture as needed). Plate the servings and top with fresh Parmesan and basil. Meatballs also make a great addition for meat lovers. I recommend that you serve with freshly baked garlic bread and salad.

**If you do not have an immersion blender, you may use a regular blender instead. Just remember to do this prior to adding the tomatoes to the pan. Another option is to hand crush the tomatoes prior. Additionally, you may blend the tomatoes as much or as little as you prefer. Generally a less blended equals a more rustic sauce.

Check out my Easy Ciabatta Garlic Bread recipe to serve on the side!

Tell me below how this sauce works out for your family, or if you tweaked it a bit to personalize it. I love seeing new ideas!

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