Chunky Marinara Sauce

The most popular sauce or side for bread is marinara sauce and it works best with everyone’s favorite bread-Pizza! I realised I have not posted about my chunky marinara sauce as yet on my blog and this is as good a time as any to remedy that. It stays good in the refrigerator up to two weeks in an airtight jar. So it serves well for multiple pizza cravings. I like this chunky version of the marinara sauce as against the more smooth store bought version. If you like the smoother version, then you can simply blend the sauce once it is ready. The recipe will otherwise be the same.

Generously spreading chunky marinara sauce on the pizza

My daughter has been excited about helping me in the kitchen and so making pizza seemed like a good project to do with her. She spread the chunky marinara sauce and topped the pizza dough with all the veggies we could find at home. She also helped me click some pictures and has been very clear about giving her photo credit. Now she is peering over my shoulder to ensure I do exactly that/ So this click above is by my daughter, Dhruti and is uploaded for no other reason but that.

Chunky marinara sauce

How to use the chunky marinara sauce

The marinara sauce is pretty versatile and can be used in multiple dishes –

  • Pizza is the most popular use for marinara sauce and it is hard to think of one without thinking of the other
  • Pasta is also equally popular use for the chunky marinara sauce and it lends the dish a lovely texture as well
  • It can be topped on bruschetta to make a tasty appetizer
  • It also works well as a sandwich spread and blends well with most sandwich fillings
  • I have used the marinara sauce even with baingan bhartha (a popular North Indian brinjal dish) with great success. It is a must try
  • It also is a good filling for bread rolls

Check out my yeast based pizza and sourdough pizza where you use the chunky marinara sauce.

Some other sauces you can use are Manchurian sauce, Bechemel sauce, Quick white sauce in 5 minutes and Butterscotch sauce

Chunky Marinara Sauce

Chunky and easy marinara sauce that can be used for pizza, pasta, etc
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Cooling Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy marinara sauce, pasta sauce, pizza sauce,
Servings: 3 pizzas


  • 300 gms Tomatoes
  • 150 gms Onions
  • 5-6 cloves Garlic
  • 3 tbsp Dried herbs (of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • As required Salt
  • Optional Pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 tsp Sugar (optional)


  • Chop the tomatoes, onions and garlic finely
  • Heat oil in a large pan
  • Add the onion and garlic to the pan and fry till the onion is translucent
  • Add the tomatoes and mix well
  • Let the pan simmer for 20-25 minutes till the tomatoes are well cooked
  • Add salt and dried herbs and (sugar, if you want) mix well
  • Simmer for another 10 minutes till the sauce reaches the consistency you like
  • The sauce should not be too dry or too runny
  • Taste and adjust for salt and herbs
  • Sprinkle some freshly ground pepper and mix well
  • Cool till the sauce reaches room temperature
  • It can be used immediately or stored in an air tight jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks

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Pizza prep with chunky marinara sauce

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