Simple Marinara Sauce

Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves:Makes about 4 cups

This is my family's favorite simple marinara sauce, which I have been making the same way for over 30 years.


  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • dash sea salt, if desired


Place the water, onions, garlic and mushrooms in a large pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions soften and begin to take on a golden color, about 10 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Do not cover. Serve over pasta.

Hints: This may be made ahead and reheated. It also freezes well.