Making Marinara Sauce at Home

By Justin Graves , last updated February 24, 2011

While each person may have his or her own special tricks when it comes to making the perfect marinara sauce, there are several basic ingredients and steps you can take when it comes to whipping up your own special marinara sauce in the comfort of your own home. The operating principle to keep in mind here is that aside from the basic ingredients, you should feel free to experiment and make your own premium marinara sauce according to your own personal tastes. For instance, if you want to add sausage or chopped up pieces of your favorite vegetables, go for it. You'd be surprised at what you can come up with.


  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Two large onions
  • Six garlic cloves (minced)
  • Two tablespoons of dried herbs such as rosemary or basil
  • One-half cup of red wine
  • Salt and pepper
  • Twelve cups of seeded and peeled fresh tomatoes


Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Then add the onions and allow the oil and onions to cook over low heat until the onions are brown. Next, you can add the garlic and herbs and wait roughly five minutes before pouring the red wine into the pot.

After approximately two minutes, add your twelve cups of tomatoes to the mixture and stir it all together. Then, when you notice that the mixture has begun to simmer, reduce the heat to very low and allow it to sit for the next two hours, stirring occasionally. Once the two hours have passed, just add salt and pepper and your new marinara sauce will be ready to be served.

Refrigerate the remaining sauce and reheat it in microwave or on the stove whenever you want to use it next.

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