Marinara Sauce

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Makes 4 cups

This is a tomato based sauce that can be used on pasta or as a dip for cheesy sandwiches. It is a really simple yet flavourful sauce, that can be prepared in advance then refrigerated or frozen until needed.

medium tomatoes, ripe
3 tbsp.
tomato puree/paste
1 tbsp.
brown sugar
red chillies
onion, chopped
cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
1 tsp.
(or to taste)
1 tsp.
dried oregano
4 tbsp.
chopped coriander
4-5 tbsp.
olive or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp.
black pepper powder

Roughly chop the tomatoes and blend them along with the coriander and chillies. Set aside.

In a pan, heat the oil, then add the onions and fry until soft. Then add the garlic and tomato paste/puree. Stir until the oil colours slightly, then add the blended tomatoes mixture. Also add the salt, pepper, oregano and sugar. Lower the heat and allow the sauce to gently simmer for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning to your taste. Done!

The flavours of this sauce tend to develop, so make the sauce a day before you need to use it for best results.

Enjoy! :)


Should you store the sauce in the refrigerator if you want to allow the flavor to develop or can you keep it out at room temperature?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Store in the fridge.

Hi can I use regular white suhar instead of brown sugar? I don't have brown sugar right at the moment and I would like to make this sauce

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, yes that is fine.

Hi Fauziai ! Can we use Gur instead of Brown Sugar?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, use white sugar if you do not have brown. Gur has a distinctive flavour that might change the taste of this sauce.