Make your own Pantry Marinara Sauce at home without the need for special ingredients. With no preservatives, this recipe is completely customizable, takes only 30 minutes and is created in a single pan!
Making Pantry Marinara Sauce (using common pantry staples) is a lot easier than it seems. The recipe prep time is about ten minutes, then the sauce simmers for another 30 minutes to meld all the flavors.
It has no preservatives and you can add more or less of whatever you like! It makes the whole house smell wonderful too!
Why Make Pantry Marinara Sauce When I Can Just Buy Sauce?
In my house, all pasta sauce is known as spaghetti sauce. Doesn’t matter what it is, what it’s for, or even who makes it, whether it is from a jar or made from vine ripened fresh tomatoes, it’s all referred to as spaghetti sauce.
In reality, there are actually four differences between spaghetti sauce and Marinara sauce. Who knew??
No matter what you call it, pasta sauce is a staple in most households. It is relatively inexpensive to buy but as I am starting to pay more attention to the ingredients in the premade food that we eat as a family, I have started to realize that making your own Marinara sauce (also known as the thinner, meatless version of spaghetti sauce) is pretty easy and completely customizable.
This is a great opportunity to make something that most families love even better for your family. This Pantry Marinara Sauce is easy, delicious and so good!
Learn How to Make Pantry Marinara Sauce in this Short Video:
About the Ingredients
- Olive Oil – If you don’t have Olive Oil or don’t want to use it, you can substitute Canola Oil, Vegetable Oil or Sunflower Oil in it’s place.
- Onion – I typically use yellow onion but white onion, purple onion or shallots can be used instead.
- Crushed Tomatoes – You can use diced tomatoes or whole tomatoes crushed up with your hands but it definitely changes the consistency. The end result is more of a rustic, chunky sauce.
- Brown Sugar – You don’t really need to add sugar at all but sugar cuts the acidity of the tomatoes and creates an overall more balanced sauce.
- Herbs and Spices – This recipe calls for dried basil, oregano and parsley. You can use more or less of these than the recipe calls for based on your taste. Other herbs to consider are fennel, rosemary and red pepper flakes. You can add more of what you like and leave out the things you don’t. Just keep tasting your sauce!
- White Wine – White wine adds flavor and the alcohol cooks off during the simmering process but if you choose not to use it, Chicken broth is a great substitute for white wine!
Other Homemade Sauces You May Like
4 Ingredient Alfredo Sauce – a restaurant quality Alfredo sauce that compliments any pasta, with only 4 ingredients!
Simple Stir Fry Sauce – it doesn’t look fancy or special but it creates the perfect authentic tasting stir fry!
Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce – a simple recipe but it is so flavorful that it makes mid-week dinner seem like a special occasion.
Cheddar Cheese Sauce for Veggies – one of the simplest and most saved recipes we have – this recipe for cheese sauce is something that is crazy easy and amazingly good.
Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce – bring the flavors of Mexico right into your kitchen!
Pantry Marinara Sauce
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 small onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 cans crushed tomatoes 15 oz
- 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
- Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil over medium-high heat in a deep skillet.
- Once it begins to shimmer, add the chopped onion and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, until the onion begins to soften.
- Add both cans of crushed tomatoes and the tomato paste to the onion and garlic mixture and stir well to incorporate.
- Add brown sugar, salt and pepper, parsley, oregano, basil and white wine to the tomato mixture and stir until well incorporated.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauce will thicken a bit.
- Add salt, pepper, and any additional desired spices to taste. Use right away, refrigerate for up to 48 hours or freeze for up to a month. Enjoy!