What is Marinara?

Marinara sauce is a sauce that traditionally used as pasta sauces but it can be actually be used with a very wide variety of dishes. This is especially true of homemade marinara sauce since you can easily to add ingredients to customize the flavor to suit a particular dish.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipes

Homemade marinara sauces are not complicated to make but they are not as easy to make as homemade BBQ sauce recipes or homemade BBQ rub recipes. Having said that, the effort used to make a homemade marinara recipe is well worth it once you have tasted how great they can be. One good thing about marinara sauces is that they preserve well when frozen. So, you can make a big match of homemade marinara sauce and freeze all or portion of it for later use.

Marinara sauce come from Italy and is used in a large number of Italian dishes. As you might expect, they typically taste of Italian spices like oregano, garlic and basil. While marinara sauces are often used in pasta dishes, they can also be served hot or cold as a dip sauce.

This first homemade marinara recipe is for a basic marinara sauce. You can make this sauce in about 20 minutes. This sauce goes great with almost anything. For example, you can use this sauce in place of mayonnaise or mustard on burgers. Marinara burgers are delicious and a nice change from traditional burger recipes. Chicken filet sandwiches are especially good with homemade marinara sauce.

Basic Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Place the olive oil in a large pan and warm to medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until garlic is slightly brown. Then, stir in the rest of the ingredients. Bring the sauce to a slow boil then reduce the heat to low. Let the marinara sauce simmer for about 10 minutes and you are done. Serve the sauce immediately or let it cool to room temperature and place it the refrigerator. You could also freeze this sauce for later use.

This homemade marinara sauce recipe takes very well to being reheated but you should let it warm back up to room temperature before doing so. You may need to add a little bit of water to the sauce to prevent it from becoming too thick.

This next homemade marinara recipe is for a basic crock pot marinara sauce. This recipe is probably the simplest to make of all the homemade marinara sauce recipes listed in this article. It requires a crock pot though and a lot of time to cook.

Basic Homemade Crock pot Marinara Sauce Recipe

Place the olive oil in a small frying pan and warm to medium heat. Add the garlic and onions, cook until onions are slightly tender. Place the crushed tomatoes in a crock pot and, using your hands, mash the tomatoes until the larger chucks are well crushed. If you would like for the marinara sauce to be very smooth. You can run the tomatoes through a blender before placing them in the crock pot.

Now, add the rest of ingredients to the crock pot and stir well. Place the lid on the crock pot can cook on low for about 6 hours. Then you can remove the lid and cook the marinara sauce on high for one additional hour. Be sure you stir the sauce occasionally. If the marinara sauce becomes a little too thick, simply add some water to it towards to end of cooking.

Our next homemade marinara sauce recipe is for a shrimp marinara sauce. This marinara sauce can be served hot or cold but is probably best served cold with hot shrimp fresh off the BBQ. It is also excellent with fried, breaded shrimp.

Homemade Shrimp Marinara Sauce Recipe

Place the olive oil in a large pan and warm to medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until garlic is slightly brown. Add all the ingredients to the pan except for the shrimp. Bring the ingredients to a boil then reduce to low heat. Allow the marinara sauce to simmer for about ten minutes then add the shrimp.

Cook the marinara until the shrimp are tender. This will not take more than a couple of minutes if you are using fresh shrimp. If you are using frozen shrimp to make this marinara, you should expect it to take about about 10 minutes before the shrimp are tender. In either case, make sure you stir the marinara sauce often while it is cooking.

This last homemade marinara recipe is for a smoky mushroom marinara sauce. This marinara is very tasty and can be used to make great burgers. All the homemade marinara sauce recipes listed in this article are good with most types of meat, especially chicken, but this recipe is so good that it goes with just about anything and everything.

Homemade Smoky Mushroom Marinara Sauce Recipe

Place the olive oil in a large pan and warm to medium heat. Add the garlic, mushrooms, basil, oregano and parsley and cook until garlic is slightly brown. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Reduce the heat to low and allow the marinara to simmer for about 10 minutes.

If you really like mushrooms, try adding an additional can or two of them. This is an especially good tip for when you are planning to use this marinara on burgers. You can also try adding half a teaspoon of thyme and a tablespoon of red wine to this recipe to add some extra flavor.

When it comes to making homemade marinara sauce recipes, you should not be afraid to experiment a little. Let your imagination lead the way and you may end up surprising yourself and everyone else at your next BBQ. You might also want to check out our article on Homemade Marinade Recipes for BBQs.

A Quick BBQ Fact:

Did you know there are six different ways to spell barbecue in the english language? BBQ, Bar-BQ, Bar-B-Cue, Bar-B-Que, Barbeque and Barbecue. That's a lot of BBQs!