It’s A-Me! A-Marinara Sauce!

6 Sep

Before we start with this post. I want to warn you.

If you are ok with never ever wanting to buy a another jar of Prego (I think their ingredients are Ketchup, Sugar, Molasses, and Diabetes) or even a higher-end variety of sauce, because they all now taste like red-tinted glue, then this is the pasta sauce for you.

I first made this sauce a few years ago, from Giada deLaurentis’s first cookbook.

Full of chopped celery, carrots and onion, seasoned with salt, pepper and bay leaves, this recipe is simple, satisfying, and completely knock-your-socks off amazing.

Admittedly, I’ll eat this sauce by the spoonful without any starchy accompaniments.

Without further ado, let’s amaka soma a-marinana!

Marinara Sauce, c/o Giada deLaurentis


2 cans (32 oz each) crushed tomatoes

1/2 C olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped (I used large green onions as that is what I had on hand. Don’t worry, they were washed and stripped of their outer layer before used!)

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 bay leaf (I always do 2 bay leaves – I love the flavor)

Salt & Pepper


Heat oil over medium heat in a large sauce pan. Add onions and saute until glossy, about 3-5 minutes.

Add celery and carrots and saute for another 5 minutes.

Pour in tomatoes, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 60 minutes.

Serve right away or store in the freezer for future use. This recipe makes about 8 hearty servings, so there is plenty to use now as well as save for later.

4 Responses to “It’s A-Me! A-Marinara Sauce!”

  1. Meghan September 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Does anyone else ever begin to feel lazy after they read Erin’s blog’s? I always feel I need to go home and whip something up!

    • tealandtulle September 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      No! This recipe is easy – just chop it all up, toss into a big pot and simmer for an hour. Presto! 🙂

  2. Jackie September 6, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Just looking at this post makes my mouth water!! Sometimes the simpliest recipes (like your sauce) make the best meals.

    • tealandtulle September 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      I think that is true – simple fresh ingredients can really make a good dish. 🙂

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