Kittencal's Marinara Pasta Sauce (Vegetarian)
75 mins (prep 15, cooking 60)
16 ingredients
4 servings
This is a basic simple marinara but big on flavor, it can be ready in 1 hour or you can cook it longer and even tastes better the next day that is why I strongly suggest to make this sauce 1-3 days ahead and refrigerate as the flavors will blend and intensify ---this freezes well so make a double recipe and freeze a batch for the next meal, you may omit the wine but I strongly suggest to add it in, it really adds flavor to the sauce --- please make certain to purchase only good-quality canned Italian Roma (plum) tomatoes for this it will make a huge difference to the flavor of the sauce --- all ingredients may be adjusted to suit taste, this sauce can also be simmered for a longer time in a crockpot, throw in some fresh mushrooms also if desired --- also see my Kittencal's Italian Tomato Pasta Sauce and Parmesan Meatballs

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  • 3 -4 tablespoons olive oil (i use enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of my pot)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 -6 garlic cloves, minced (or to taste, the more the better i use 6 extra large cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (rubbed between fingers to release flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano (rubbed between fingers to release flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional or adjust to taste)
  • 1 (6 ounce) tomato paste (can use two cans for a thicker richer sauce if desired)
  • 1 (28 ounce) whole roma tomatoes, undrained (break up with a fork before cooking, go ahead and use two cans if desired!)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup dry red wine (you may omit if desired but good to add in, can use white wine)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste, a good tomato sauce needs lots so don't be shy with the salt)
  • fresh ground black pepper (to taste)


Serving Size (267.24 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 178.69 Calories from Fat 105.12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.68g 71.9%
Saturated Fat 1.63g 32.53%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 690.57mg 115.09%
Total Carbohydrate 17.81g 23.74%
Dietary Fiber 3.59 g 57.48%
Sugars 7.67 g %
Protein 4.33g 34.64%
Vitamin A 3617.59IU% Vitamin C 42.0mg%
Calcium 31.16mg% Iron 2.32mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
large, dried basil, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, whole, dry red wine, fresh ground black pepper