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Recipe for Marinara Sauce

Mom's Sunday Gravy Marinara Sauce - serve with pasta sprinkled with parmesan cheese and minced parsley, meatballs, or Bracioli
Course Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Basil, Marinara Sauce, Mom's Sunday Gravy, red pepper, Sunday Gravy, Tomatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 76kcal
Author Deb Clark


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes*
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil or if using dried substitute with 2 tablespoons dried
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tablespoons sugar sugar sweetens the acid in the tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  • Begin by dicing the onion and mince the garlic.
  • In a large heavy bottom pan over medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons good olive oil.
  • When it's lightly browned - about five minutes - add the tomato paste and 3 cups water. Increase the heat to high. Stir together well, bring to a boil then reduce to medium low.
  • Simmer for twenty minutes on medium low heat, stirring frequently. This makes a rich base and concentrates the onion/garlic flavors.
  • Next add the remaining ingredients; 1 can of crushed tomatoes, the fresh or dried basil, bay leaf, sugar, salt, pepper, chili powder, red wine & garlic powder.
  • Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until well blended. Simmer on the stove for 1 1/2 hours. Adjust seasonings to your taste.


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 49mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.1mg