Homemade Marinara Sauce / by Katie Brown



  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (or 2 tsp pre-minced garlic)
  • 1/2-1 T sugar (coconut, white, brown) - I used white
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine
  • 2 T chopped fresh basil (I recommend fresh basil
  • 1/4t crushed red pepper spice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste (note: I have left this out before on accident and it turned out ok)


  1. In a dutch oven (or a larg e saucepan with lid) heat oil and onion then add garlic and cook until tender
  2. Pour cans of tomatoes into bowl and break them up/squeeze them with your hands until all liquid then add to pan and stir
  3. Add reminding ingredients and stir completely
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes (the longer it simmers, the more the flavors will come together) but check after a few minutes to make sure its not boiling or burning