Lazybones Marinara Sauce

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I always try to have some of this easy-to make marinara sauce on hand. It freezes well and so I put 2 cup measures in freezer baggies to add to pasta, soups and even as pizza sauce. Don’t forget to clearly label the bags.

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 mins-1 hour
Makes about 2-3 liters of sauce

14 Ratings
Directions for: Lazybones Marinara Sauce


2 tins (19 oz) Hunt`s Italiano Sauce (or your favorite brand of tomato sauce as a base even though I use tomatoes, If you`re a purist, just add more tomatoes)

1 tin (28 oz) Pureed Italian tomatoes

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 large onion, chopped

1-2 tbsp olive oil

1-2 tbsp sugar

¼ tsp dried red chilies

1 Tbsp dried basil and ½ cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped

2 tsp dried oregano and 2 tbsp fresh oregano, coarsely chopped

¼- ½ cup red wine (optional)

Meat Option: 1lb Merguez or Italian sausage cut in 2” slices and ½ lb cremini (brown) mushrooms, quartered


1. In a Dutch oven (large soup pot),over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in oil until onion is soft and almost clear. Add dried basil and oregano and stir for another minute or so until you can smell the aroma of the herbs. If you are making a meat version, brown the sausages at this point. (See note below)

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer partially covered (see note below) for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

3. After 30 minutes, season to taste and add the fresh basil

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