Homemade Marinara Sauce recipe is a staple in our home. It is adapted from a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis. I have changed the original recipe to meet my own tastes. You can too. We love fresh the fresh flavors of this sauce and use it for many different types of food including Italian dishes, seafood, and as a side dip for vegetables or breads. My kids love this sauce too, which is doubly nice for me as a mom of 2. I usually will double the recipe and freeze half of it for another day. You can use this sauce as the marinara sauce in our Slow Cooker Whole Grain Spinach Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe. Homemade Marinara sauce is delicious and a must have family staple on your table and in your freezer.
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, pressed
- 10 fresh basil leaves chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 32 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 bay leaves
- In a large pot heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the onions and garlic. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Add carrots, salt, pepper, dried oregano and saute until carrots are soft, about 10 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and basil and bay leaves.
- Simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about one hour. Be sure to stir occasionally.
- Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaf. Season with more salt and pepper to your tastes.
- Use immediately or make a day ahead. Freeze for later use. I always double this recipe and it makes approximately one gallon.
This homemade marinara sauce is absolutely delicious, it is easy to make and can be used over pasta, over fish, as a side dipping sauce for pizza, bread or vegetables. Serve it always with roasted garlic and whole grain bread. It is great in our Slow Cooker Whole Grain Spinach Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe. Homemade marinara sauce is delicious, healthy and makes cooking for a family easy.