Penne Pasta with Homemade Marinara Sauce

Penne Pasta With Homemade Marinara Sauce

Mmm Marinara Sauce is by far one of my favorite sauces. It’s a southern Italian tomato sauce. I definitely take after my mom when it comes to my love for any dish with marinara sauce… pasta, broccoli, Shakshuka (Israeli style omelet with tomato sauce), you name it ! The fact that Marinara sauce is low in calories is of course an added bonus!

Today I will give you a great Marinara sauce recipe and show you the pictures of the pasta dish I made with it.

Marinara Sauce


  • Whole peeled tomatoes – 15oz can
  • Spanish Onion- 10oz
  • Olive Oil- 4oz
  • Garlic finely minced- 2 tablespoons
  • Basil Leaves, fresh, chopped – 8 large leaves
  • Bay leaves- 2 each
  • Dried Basil- 1 Tablespoon
  • Dried oregano 1 Tablespoon
  • Dried Red Pepper Flakes- ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


1.      Place tomatoes in bowl of food processor and puree. Finely mince onions.

2.     Place olive oil in a heavy bottom saucepot over high heat

3.     Add onions and begin to sweat (do not brown them). Lower heat to medium.

4.     Add garlic and fresh basil and continue to cook.

5.     When onions and garlic are soft add all other ingredients.

6.     Turn up heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir often and avoid scorching.

7.     When sauce boils reduce the heat and let it simmer for about an hour.

8.   Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 ** Put on top of pasta and serve with basil leaves and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top.


“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins”
~ Laurie Colwin

Speak to you soon,

                  Nicole Doreen


2 responses to “Penne Pasta with Homemade Marinara Sauce

  1. This looks delicious. Glad to see the long cooking process – it is a must as it removes any bitterness from the seeds.

  2. Thanks! It was really tasty.
    Also the long cooking process gives the sauce a chance to reduce for a thicker texture rather than just be thin and liquidy.

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