Classic and Simple Marinara Sauce Courtesy of Momma Ambrose!


Our love for Italian food began as little girls when our kitchen frequently smelled like the aroma of sauteed garlic, onions, and mushrooms soon to be added to our mom’s homemade Marinara sauce. We swear we have some kind of Italian ancestry because for us, Italian food just feels like home. Whenever we are sad, homesick, or just craving our favorite comfort food; without question we make our mom’s recipe for her infamous red sauce.

The best part about her recipe is that it can be modified so easily! We’ve made it with meat (we recommend ½ pound of ground turkey with below’s recipe), with a ton of hearty veggies, and even kept it super basic. Whatever we’re in the mood for, this recipe just works! The few and basic ingredients in it keep it as a lighter italian option; no heavy cream or cheese needed! We like to serve it over whole wheat pasta. 

Here is what you’ll need: be cautious though on the spice measurements. We ALWAYS do our herbs and spices to taste on this recipe. So feel free to add more of any and all ingredients should you want!

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Ingredients (veggie based;pictured):

1 28oz can of Crushed Tomatoes (plain, no salt added)

1 8 oz can of Tomato Sauce (plain, no salt added)

½ a sweet or yellow onion

2-3 cloves of garlic

½ a large zucchini

handful of white button mushrooms

1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tablespoon White Cooking Wine

Fresh basil (optional)

1.5 teaspoons Garlic Salt

1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons driedBasil

2 teaspoons Garlic Powder

dash of Black Pepper

dash of Red Pepper Flakes

dash of Oregano

Whole Wheat Pasta of your choosing (cook as directed)

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image1(1)Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat for a few minutes then add the garlic and the onion. Sautee until the onions have softened and appear translucent; approximately 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and zucchini (or whichever vegetables or ground meat you


image2(1)Add more oil and white wine if necessary. Saute meat until browned or veggies until softened. 



After the vegetables have softened add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and spices. Reduce heat to low and cover.



Let the red sauce simmer for as long as you can while stirring occasionally. After simmering for at least 15 minutes, add the fresh basil. Taste the sauce and make sure it has the flavor you want before serving! We also recommend garnishing your dishes with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.