As college students, we often default to pasta and store-bought, canned marinara sauces for an easy meal in. However, after several meals of the same fare, even the traditional flavors start to taste the same. Spoon has a solution for you. Make this easy marinara sauce and store it in the fridge for a lazy, rainy day.

Homemade Marinara Sauce

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:40 minutes
  • Servings:8-10
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 3 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Step 1

Chop the tomatoes and garlic. Slice the mushrooms and onion. You can also dice the onions if you prefer them to be more “invisible.”

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Step 2

Add oil to the pan. Sauté onions with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Step 3

Once the onions start to brown, add garlic and continue cooking for another minute.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Step 4

Add tomatoes and about one teaspoon each of salt and ground pepper.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Step 5

Cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Be sure to continue stirring every few minutes so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.

Spoon tip: If the sauce looks too watery, add a pinch of flour or corn starch to thicken.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Step 6

Add mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with another pinch of salt.

Spoon tip: Taste the sauce to see if it’s seasoned the way you like. If not, add more salt and pepper.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Step 7

Add several leaves of fresh basil. Cook for another minute or two.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu

Step 8

Store the sauce in a mason jar or serve with pasta.

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu
Photo by Jocelyn Hsu