Marinara Sauce

Servings : 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.


  • 8-10 medium tomatoes, ripe
  • 3 tbsp. tomato puree/paste
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2-3 red chillies
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
  • 1 tsp. salt (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! 🙂

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