Marinara Sauce


Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your weekend! Today I wanted to share with you a quick & easy marinara recipe that was a result of not having gone to the grocery store to pick up my usual premade sauce. About 2 weeks ago, I was in the mood for pasta but realized I had no sauce on hand. Usually I would have gone to the store but I have made it a goal of mine this year to avoid going to the store for just 1 item. As I rummaged through my pantry I found some fresh Roma tomatoes, garlic, tomato sauce &  few other spices and figured I would give it a shot at making my own sauce! That was hands down one of the best decisions I could have made because it was well worth it. This sauce tasted so much better than any store bought variety I had tried & was so cheap to make. You can use this sauce for pasta, pizza, meatball subs or really just about anything your heart desires! Now without further ado let’s get into the recipe!


◊ Makes 1 1/2 cups worth of sauce  (covers about 8 oz worth of pasta)

  • 3 Roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 medium onion (diced)
  • 4 small cloves garlic (or 2 large)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt to taste


  1. In a saucepan heat the olive oil over medium heat and add in the garlic. Once the garlic becomes fragrant add in the diced onion and tomatoes.
  2. Using a spoon, gradually smash the diced tomatoes to help release the juices.
  1. After about 5 minutes, add in the tomato sauce, oregano, basil, and bay leaf.
  2. Lower the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer for approximately 30 minutes. The longer, the better!
  3. Once the sauce has turned a deep red color, add in the salt.
  4. Allow to cool and serve over desired pasta!

If you give this recipe a try tag @lifeatthemesa so we can see how it turns out for you!

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