Marinara. No matter which can/tin/jar you go for, none will taste as nice as Nonna’s. For those of you who have a Nonna, you know exactly what we mean. For those of you who don’t have a Nonna – you’re missing one of the best chefs/cooks ever! Try this wonderful recipe from Nonna’s kitchen and taste the authentic marinara. Marinara the way it’s meant to be made.



8 Servings

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

2 hours 30 minutes


563 kcal


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup grated onions (about 1 small)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 56oz (3½lbs) garden-ripe tomatoes, or 2 (2227g/8 oz) cans whole tomatoes

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves, plus extra for garnish

  • 1 tsp fine sea salt

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Sauté the onions for 5 to 8 minutes, or until light golden. Sauté for 3 minutes more after adding the garlic.
  • If using fresh tomatoes, remove the skins by slicing a “X” in the bottom of each tomato and blanching it in boiling water for 30 seconds; rinse in cold water and peel off the skins, which will slide right off. Crush the tomatoes with your fingers.
  • To the saucepan, add the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, and salt. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes to 2 hours. The longer the sauce cooks, the more the flavours develop.
  • Drizzle the oil over the sauce when ready to serve. Garnish with fresh herbs for a different flavour profile (another Italian chef trick!). Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 8 days or freeze in an ice cube tray for up to 2 months. Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories563
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 31.1g 48%
    • Saturated Fat 4.6g 23%
  • Sodium 958mg 40%
  • Total Carbohydrate 47.5g 16%
    • Sugars 4.9g
  • Protein 25.8g 52%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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