Homemade Marinara Sauce

I think a lot of us take pasta sauce for granted. It’s cheap and it’s available in numerous varieties at our local grocery stores. However, buying a jar of pasta sauce is such an impersonal thing. It’s a plain and placid transfer of money for an otherwise canned product devoid of true emotion behind it. No one has been there to meticulously chop all the aromatics, stir the sauce for hours and smell the infectious aromas of tomatoes and basil perfuming the entire house. A homemade marinara sauce is the kind of sauce that sends me into feelings of nostalgia and memories of sitting in an Italian trattoria tucked away in the hidden confines of Florence. I absolutely love it to death and I feel that if anyone has the time on their hands they should make a pot of this sauce because after all, the leftovers can be jarred and they can be stored in the freezer for months! Thus, anytime you need to make a quick pasta meal, you now have homemade sauce right at your fingertips! Here’s the recipe

Recipe: Marinara Sauce

A Cooking Fever Original Recipe


  • 96 oz-106 oz can of whole italian plum tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 4 celery stalks, peeled and trimmed
  • 1 large bunch of fresh basil (about 2 cups chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, finely diced (adjust the amount according to your taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for the pan
  • 1/2 cup of good red wine (optional, but really adds a great depth of flavor)


  1. Heat the olive oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and carrot and cook till the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes
  2. Add the garlic, parsley, oregano, and basil and cook for 5 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  3. Add the canned tomatoes and wine and bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer on low for 90 minutes, until the aroma of the sauce begins to spread through the entire house 🙂
  4. Allow the mixture to cool for a bit and then using an immersion blender, blend the sauce till it is smooth with no chunks of vegetables remaining.
  5. Check for seasonings and add some more fresh basil if desired. Enjoy with pasta, cutlets or even as a pizza sauce if you so desire!



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