How to Make Maggiano's Italian Marinara Sauce

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Maggiano's Italian Marinara Sauce

Maggiano’s Little Italy serves up traditional Southern Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment. Many items on the menu feature Maggiano’s Italian Marinara Sauce recipe - from appetizers such as Mozzarella Marinara to main dishes like Spaghetti Marinara and Mom’s Lasagna. Frequent patrons know to choose from the “Family Style” menu so they can sample the best of what the kitchen has to offer. Now you can make this delicious sauce to go with all your favorite pastas by using this Maggiano’s Italian Marinara Sauce recipe. To complete your meal, try making Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread and a salad with Maggiano’s House Salad Dressing.


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Offered by Maggiano’s Little Italy
Customer service phone 800-983-4637[1]
Served as Main dish
Main ingredients Tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil
Cooking method Stovetop
Similar to Genghis Grill Roasted Tomato Sauce
Author Julie Clark

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Maggiano’s Italian Marinara Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 medium onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced[2]
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. marjoram
  • 28 oz. can tomato puree[3]
  • 12 oz. can tomato paste
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper[2]
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

Maggiano’s Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe

  1. Saute onion, garlic, and green pepper in olive oil.
  2. Add the oregano, parsley, basil, marjoram, salt, cayenne and black pepper, and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato puree, tomato paste, diced tomatoes and sugar.
  4. Bring sauce to a simmer, then cover and reduce heat to low.
  5. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  6. Serve over your favorite pasta.

How to Peel Tomatoes to make Maggiano’s Italian Marinara Sauce

This video demonstrates how to peel a tomato. Once you’ve mastered this simple technique, you can use fresh tomatoes to make Maggiano’s Marinara Sauce.


  • Marinara sauce can refer to any highly seasoned Italian tomato sauce that is made with onions, garlic, and oregano.[4] There are a variety of tomato products available at the grocery store and many of them are interchangeable when making sauce. Tomato paste is a concentrated tomato product that is used to add color and flavor to tomato dishes. Other tomato products include tomato puree, diced tomatoes, ground peeled tomatoes, and whole tomatoes - all of which are cooked and packed in water and their own juices. The main difference is in how the tomatoes are cut.[5]
  • Fresh tomatoes can also be used to make marinara sauce. Before adding fresh tomatoes to a sauce, they need to be peeled to remove the tough outer skin. Peeling tomatoes is not as difficult as it seems. Blanching tomatoes first makes it easier to remove the skin.

Also See: How to Make Genghis Grill Roasted Tomato Sauce, How to Make Olive Garden Caserecce Pasta and Red Sauce, How to Make Maggiano's Gnocchi and Italian Sausage, How to Make Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli, How to Make Maggiano's House Salad Dressing


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