Homemade marinara sauce

Have you ever made your own marinara sauce? If you haven’t, you should. Like tonight. Or tomorrow. Or this weekend. It is so worth every second of effort you put into it, which isn’t a lot. It’s so easy and so wonderfully delicious. It doesn’t require a lot of time, is pretty easy and you’ll be amazed at the results. If you’re going to make any of your family’s staples homemade, this should be one of them.

What makes it so delicious is the cooking time. The natural sugars in the tomatoes caramelize and create something you thought only your favorite pizza place was capable of. And while I’m sure your favorite pizza place is wonderful, you can recreate that depth of flavor at home.

You will need a crockpot. This allows for an even cooking method at a low temperature for a long time. Low and Slow.

Marinara sauce cooking in the crockpot

Marinara sauce cooking in the crockpot

Homemade Marinara Sauce

  • 2 large cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped into tiny pieces
  • 1-2 tsp brown sugar (white works too!)
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder or 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup water


1.5 pound browned ground beef

1/4 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced green or red bell pepper


Spray your crockpot with cooking spray like Pam. Then pour in all your ingredients and stir! Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours, stirring every hour.

After it’s done, I usually refrigerate some and freeze some. It also is a good recipe for doubling! It freezes well.

This also makes a fabulous pizza sauce. To use as pizza sauce, omit the water.

Also adjust the sugar and spices to taste. I like mine a bit sweeter, sometimes I add more sugar, but I would make it like this first to see how you like it because it does sweeten after the cooking process.


Homemade marinara sauce


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