Mom's Marinara Sauce Recipe

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Slow cooked, intense tomato sauce is worth the effort and very versatile. I use it for lasagne, toss with pasta & cheese or for braising meat. Good as a vegetarian choice. Great to freeze in Ziploc Bags or Tupperware

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Servings: 12 cups


Cost per serving $1.23 view details
  • 5 stalks celery with leaves
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 head of minced garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Favorite Italian Seasoning, 3 dry tablespoons
  • 2 cups reduced dry red wine
  • 5 pounds canned tomatoes (drain if whole, if using fresh remove skin and seeds, canned is so much easier)
  • 1 large can tomato paste


  1. Puree celery, carrots and onion in food processor or blender
  2. Cook over medium heat until liquid has evaported
  3. add tomato paste and brown
  4. add minced garlic to soften
  5. add wine
  6. add tomatoes (drain excess juice)
  7. add bay leaves, Italian Seasoning and salt & pepper
  8. lower heat to simmer and cover
  9. cook for at least two hours, four is preferable, stir occassionaly
  10. taste if you need to add salt or pinch of sugar (how sweet are your tomatoes)


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 276g
Recipe makes 12 servings
Calories 87  
Calories from Fat 3 3%
Total Fat 0.37g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.06g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 403mg 17%
Potassium 629mg 18%
Total Carbs 13.42g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 10%
Sugars 7.69g 5%
Protein 2.4g 4%
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  • Mihir Shah
    Wow! Really, really good and rich. I followed your recommendation and simmered for 4 hours - also added about a tbsp of brown sugar. Fantastic
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