This Hearty Marinara Sauce is the perfect sauce to simmer on the stove for supper. Packed with flavor (and red wine), this hearty marinara sauce recipe is sure to become your new favorite!
Okay, I know that it's hot outside, but I couldn't wait to share this Hearty Marinara Sauce recipe. This recipe is a riff on a recipe I learned in cooking school. I add meat to this sauce, but you certainly don't have to!
The flavor of this heart marinara sauce is robust and delicious without meat, making it a great option for a Meatless Monday! I did add protein to it, because I know that if I don't, my husband and son will be starving an hour after dinner.
This hearty marinara sauce recipe gets it's flavor from red wine, onions, garlic, ample herbs and a LONG simmer on the stove! It's a versatile Sicilian sauce, and can be used for the following:
- Spaghetti sauce
- On top of stuffed shells
- To flavor the rice and meat in stuffed peppers
- Chicken Parmesan
- Italian Baked Potatoes (top with broccoli, cheese and pasta sauce)
- Pizza sauce
- Spoon over fish or chicken and bake in the oven
This sauce freezes beautifully! Make sure to leave a bit of room in the container, as it will expand when it freezes. It can keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
You can use either dried or fresh herbs in this hearty marinara sauce recipe, and I include the conversions for both in the marinara recipe below. Generally, you will want to use three times the fresh herbs than dry herbs. Also, using good quality canned tomatoes is a must! I use this brand.
I hope that you enjoy this Hearty Marinara Sauce! If you love this traditional Sicilian sauce recipe, I think you'll also enjoy these recipes:
- Old Fashioned Ham and Cabbage Soup
- Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Merlot Sauce
- Mushroom, Chicken and Spinach Quiche