Italian Marinara Sauce



  1. Click here for instructions on how to peel a tomato.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  3. Pulse until tomatoes, garlic, and onion are coarsely chopped up.
  4. Pour sauce into a saucepan. Simmer until sauce is thickened, 10 to 20 minutes.


Makes about 4 cups of sauce.

The best type of tomato for this sauce is a plum tomato. What is a plum tomato? It is has an oval shape and is known for its meatier texture.

Plum tomatoes are also called Roma tomatoes or Italian tomatoes.

You can adjust seasonings to your tastes. I like a lot of basil, but you don't want to overwhelm the dish the sauce is going to compliment.

This is a perfect sauce for spaghetti and meatballs.

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Recipe from Joy of Cooking, by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker. New York: Scribner (1997).