Homemade Marinara Sauce

 “This recipe comes from my dear friend Mindy…we have been friends for literally our entire lives…our parents are friends and our mom’s were pregnant with us at the same time! What a blessing it is to have a life-long friend. She also comes from an Italian family who loves to cook! Mindy made this dish for me at my house a few years ago and left the recipe…Since then, I have made it over and over. It is so simple and so Bellisimo (as she would say)! The fresh herbs and garlic make this sauce!”
Crushed tomatoes, olive oil, chicken bouillon, parsley, basil, garlic, onion, black pepper, angel hair pasta

There is no secret to chopping fresh herbs…but it is well worth the extra effort! Just bunch together and start chopping into small pieces. (You may substitute dry herbs for fresh- I do it all the time)

Then, take 4 cloves apart from the head of garlic and peel/chop into fine pieces.

Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil in a pot (enough to cover the bottom of the pot) and set on medium heat

Dice onion

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until tender

Start boiling water for noodles…I add a touch of oil in my water to prevent the noodles from sticking (a little trick my grandma taught me)

Add noodles and boil- Angel Hair does not take long to cook..go by package instructions for al dente (appx 5 mins)

Drain well

Back to the sauce! Add bouillon, parsley, basil and pepper into the onion mixture and stir well for 1 min.

Add crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil for 15 mins

Add 3/4 cup of water

Let simmer for 10 more mins

Voila! Bellisimo!!! My hubby thinks it is hilarious I eat my pasta with a spoon and fork…:)

Quick, Easy and Healthy Homemade Marinara

2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
2 tsp chicken bouillon
2 tsp fresh parsley (chopped)
1 tsp fresh basil (chopped)
4 cloves fresh garlic (diced)
1 medium onion (diced)
¼ cup olive oil
3/4 cup water
black pepper to taste

1 Package of Angel Hair Pasta( or any pasta of your liking).
Pour olive oil in large pot and turn burner onto medium/high heat. Saute diced onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add bouillon, parsley, basil in onion mixture for 1 min. Add crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil for 15 mins. Add ½ can of water and let boil 10 more mins. Serve over Angel Hair pasta of your choice. MMMmmm…



  1. Sonya Schroeder says:

    I am so excited that you posted this I was just looking for a good spegetti sauce. My kids are SO picky. Hope they love it. What is chicken bouillon? Thanks for always sharing such easy yummy recipes. I feel like a pro in my kitchen!!

  2. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Thanks Sonya! Chicken bouillon gives the taste of chicken to recipes (it is not over bearing whatsoever in this recipe) kind of looks like yellow crystals. If you don't have it for this recipe-it will still turn out. 😉 If you ever make a sauce too salty- add a little sugar. Love ya, Janelle

  3. This sounds wonderful!! I have a spaghetti sauce recipe but it takes three hours to make. It's well worth the time but i'm thrilled to also find a simpler less time consuming recipe. Can't wait to give this a try very soon! 🙂

  4. This looks great! I've been searching for a recipe I'll like and this looks so great. More thick and chunky than soupy. Perfect!

  5. Marjolein says:

    Dear Janelle,

    Today I was for the first time at your blog. What a blessing it was. I've read your testimony and I was so encouraged! Thank you for listening to the Lord en being an example for me and for many women. I really like to read the blog of your friend courtney also.
    I learn a lot from you girls;-)

    I have a biblestudy group for women who want to learn more about marriage and family. We eat together and then have biblestudy. Here in the Netherlands (were I live) is it common to eat diner as a family around the table. I really enjoy that time and because my husband is a minister he eats lunch and breakfast at home too. i'm so thankful of that. But to make meals more special i really will look a lot at your blog. What a jummy recipes!!
    Keep up the good work sister!!

    Your sister in Christ,

    Marjolein from the Netherlands

  6. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Thank you so much Marjolein! What a blessing your message is to me..Love to you, Janelle

  7. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Thanks Jamie and Chels! It is a keeper!

  8. It looks delicious!!

  9. Yay! I love cooking with fresh herbs!! Totally going to try this soon!


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