Homemade Marinara Sauce

Keto FriendlyHomemade Marinara Sauce
If there is one recipe every frugal parent should have in their repertoire it is Marinara sauce. I can’t think of one child ( or adult) who doesn’t like spaghetti with mounds of sauce and piles of cheese. Not to mention it is one of the healthiest, easiest and most versatile meals to fix for dinner. You can hide a multitude of things in marinara. Vegetables, ground turkey ( just call it beef), or even an overcooked chicken breast can be disguised with a ladle full of this delectable sauce. Store bought sauce is often either very expensive for the good stuff, or full of high fructose corn syrup and a lot of other unidentifiable ingredients for the cheap stuff. Homemade though, is not only very affordable ( this recipe is under $6 and makes 12 cups of sauce), but it is soooo much better too. Fennel seeds and balsamic vinegar are what really makes this sauce. Please don’t leave them out, the sauce won’t be the same. Balsamic can be found pretty cheap, I found my latest bottle at Ross for $4. And Penzey’s Spices is a great resource for quality spices at really good prices.


Great for freezing or canning too!

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Homemade Marinara

Everyone needs to know how to pull off a delicious basic marinara sauce. Keep this recipe in your arsenal.

Course condiment
Cuisine italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 cups
Calories 30 kcal
Author jodiemo


  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 3 cups 3 mediumchopped onion
  • 1 T sugar
  • 3 T 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 t. salt
  • 2 t. dried basil
  • 2 t. dried oregano
  • 1 t. dried thyme
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 1/2 t. crushed fennel seeds
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 - 28 ounce - cans crushed tomatoes


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add sugar and next 7 ingredients ( thru fennel seeds); cook 1 minute. Add balsamic; cook 30 seconds. Add broth and tomatoes, bring to a simmer. Cook over low for 55 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir occasionally. Makes 12 cups.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Marinara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 30
% Daily Value*
Sodium 210mg 9%
Potassium 105mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 3g
Vitamin C 7.7%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Found you through a comment you left on Mechelle's blog. This sounds SO good! Bookmarking this for the summer months when the tomato crop is going crazy! 🙂

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