Sometimes I feel the need to create things from scratch, but most times I'm too busy to spend more than an hour to cook dinner. So, I cheat a little.

Pasta is a staple food for any kitchen. It is inexpensive and filling. But many of us don't have time to start marinara sauce from scratch, so this recipe allows you to use store bought sauce and then add your own twist to it. This recipe is extremely easy to make. My three year old nephew could most likely make it. You can make it in bulk and freeze it as well. I use it for anything from spaghetti, lasagna, to bread pizza!

{ The secret to this recipe is brown sugar (the sugar will counter the acidity of tomatoes) and not simmering too long. (When you simmer it for a long time it will degrade the flavor) }

Serves 6-8


  • 1 jar of your favorite store bought marinara sauce. ( I use Trader Joe's tomato basil marinara)
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 bay leaf
  • 1/8 basil
  • 1 tbp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/4 white wine

  1. Combine all ingridients in a sauce pan
  2. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20-30 min. (Do not simmer longer than 30 min.)
  3. Serve over your favorite pasta dish!

Tip: You can add more brown sugar and garlic powder to taste. I usually go crazy and use more than 2 tbp each. 

Meredith Paulson said...

This sounds so quick and yummmy!! Definitely going to have to try it out soon :)

Kacie said...

This looks yummy! I'm happy that we both follow each others blogs now :)

Emily said...

I am always looking for a good, fast marinara! Thanks for posting, can't wait to try!!