Simple Marinara Sauce

Today we’re making sauce since I’ve been meaning to put this recipe up for the l.o.n.g.e.s.t time and I finally got around to being able to make this while taking pictures and drinking wine at the same time. This whole blog thing is really helping me out with my multitasking skills. Just don’t tell Mr.D that because I still have him convinced that I can’t cook and clean at the same time (ie. I can ie. I will not).
Traditional marinara sauce is something I think everybody and their brother should know how to make. Its timeless, its classic, its freaking delicious, and you need to know how to do this. And if not that, then just take it as a life lesson. After today you will forever know how to make homemade marinara sauce and will never buy a jar of the red stuff again. And if you do, I’ll never speak to you again. I probably will. Lets be friends forever, K?
Speaking of MTV (wait?), did you guys watch that new show Catfish last night? Its based off of the 2010 documentary about this really cute guy who falls in love with this girl on the internet and long story short, she was totally not that girl and he is still totally cute. And P.S why is such a cute guy needing to fall in love with girls on the internet anyways? Whatever happened to picking people up at the bar? Twinkling your cute guy eyes and just watching the ladies flock? No..?
WELL this show is totally addictive messed up and it went a little like “Hey I pretended to be your lover for 8 months. P.S I’m not. Lets be friends?”. Yup. You need to watch it. Like, now.
The best part about this sauce is that it is SO simple to make. I have been making it with these same ingredients for years and it never gets old. I still can and will eat this with a spoon and call it soup for the rest of my life.
Also – I used peeled whole tomatoes rather then crushed because I prefer chunkier marinara, but if you prefer smooth, use crushed tomatoes. I however, am team chunk.
You’ll need: Olive Oil, Tomatoes of your choice, 1 Chopped Onion, Cloves of garlic(sliced), Fresh Parsley, 1/2 Cup Red Wine, and Rep Pepper Flakes.
Heat up a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and add in your chopped onion. Saute and let brown for 5-10 minutes, then add in your garlic. Mix and let cook for 1-2 minutes more. ALWAYS only use a wine that you would actually drink, NOT cooking wine! As convenient as cooking wine is, cooking with a wine you would actually drink always leaves you with a better tasting meal.
Add your 1/2 cup of red wine and then pour a glass for yourself.
Allow the wine to bubble and reduce by half (give a few stirs here and there), then dump in your tomatoes. If you’re using uncrushed like me for a chunkier sauce (so.much.better), just mash them up with a potato masher. OR USE YOUR HANDS! I love doing that, just not when I’m holding my $700 camera.
Maybe definitely next time. Now add in your fresh parsley and your red pepper flakes. Depending on how much of a kick you like will depend on how much red pepper you use. I personally like spice, especially in a sauce, so I usually add a tablespoon and a half. That really sounds obnoxious. 
Stir it up, cover, and let simmer on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes.
Or – leave it uncovered and be me and eat it with a spoon while it cooks.
The end! If you ever buy jarred sauce again I will stick my goons on you.
I’m just kidding, I have no goons. Or a life.

10 thoughts on “Simple Marinara Sauce

  1. MELISSA! you read my mind with this post because last night I was so BORED and googling Marinara sauce recipes and some seemed so complicated I just said screw it – had some wine…and went to bed LOL

    Thank you! I'll try this & hopefully it comes out well.

    Also, CATFISH ..UHMM hello! total mind BLOWING stuff!I.can't.EVEN!


  2. Malaika!! Perfect timing, score! This has been requested so many times I finally got around to making it before 4pm so it was still light enough outside to take pictures LOL

    Catfish -OMGOMGOMG. No words!!


  3. Oh my! How about I found your blog last week. Well I found out you had a blog from your YouTube channel last week, and this weekend alone made the stuffed shells & the broccoli rabe and Italian sausage pasta! My hunny was in a food coma!

    I have been wanting to make my own marinara sauce for awhile, but like Malaika I was like screw it!

    This looks so simple and fresh and I already have all the ingredients at home! Tonight is our pizza night so I can make my own sauce instead of picking some up at the store!

    Thank You my fellow foodie 🙂


  4. Andie! This comment made my heart do a backflip! I love that you already tried out a couple of the recipes and will now take the step to fresh homemade marinara sauce! It makes a worrrrld of difference!

    Thanks so much for reading 🙂


  5. Can't wait to try the recipe!
    I also got sucked into watching Catfish (after being sucked into Teen Mom) and it was really interesting! Glad I wasn't the only one intrigued!


  6. I have been waiting for a simple but yet delish sauce recipe !
    I love your Blogs, their inspiring for easy good cooking !
    Im going to try this recipe this weekend since I have some family in town that are pasta lovers like I am, Slightly curious…what type of red wine did you use?


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