Rustic Marinara Sauce

Tam D


This is just your basic homemade marinara sauce. I call this one rustic because it's chunky, rather than smooth.

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Makes about 8 cups


10 Min


30 Min


Stove Top


2 Tbsp
olive oil
28 oz
can tomato puree
2 tsp
beef or chicken base or bouillon (optional)
2 - 15 oz
cans italian style stewed tomatoes, diced or sliced
2 Tbsp
dried minced onion
2 tsp
dried minced garlic
2 tsp
dried basil, crushed in hand
2 tsp
dried ground fennel
1 tsp
dried thyme, crushed in hand
1 tsp
dried rosemary, crushed in hand
1/2 tsp
dried oregano, crushed in hand
1 tsp
kosher or sea salt
1/2 tsp
fresh ground black pepper
1/3-1/2 c
good burgundy wine
1/2 c
water or stock
mushrooms (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

In a heavy 3 qt. saucepan, over medium heat, pre-warm the pan and the olive oil, while you're opening the tomato cans.
Pour the tomato puree into the hot olive oil, and let it "fry" for a minute, stirring occasionally. You'll be surprised how much richness this little extra step adds to your sauce.
Blend in the beef or chicken base now. (This is optional for vegetarian)
Add the onion, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. The amounts given are approximate; use more or less to your taste. Allow the puree and seasoning to bubble together for a minute. Then stir in the stewed tomatoes* and the wine. (You can leave out the wine, but don't!) Swish the water around in the cans to get all the tomato-goodness, and add the water to the pot.
If you like to add mushrooms and/or other vegetables to your sauce, add them here. We're Italian purists ;) so we don't add anything to our sauce.
Bring sauce to a soft boil, then cover, and reduce the heat to medium low or low. Allow the sauce to simmer a minimum of 30 minutes. (I prefer an hour).
*NOTES: The diced stewed tomatoes are much nicer, but if what I have on hand is the thick-sliced style I prefer to break them up in hand as they go into the pot, so we don't end up with huge chunks of tomato.
This recipe makes a double batch, enough for two casseroles (like my meatball sandwich casserole), or to serve a crowd.
I like to work smart, so I make enough that I can put half in the frig or freezer for a quick-fix meal later.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #Tomato, #meatless, #basic