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Doctored-Up Store Bought Marinara Sauce, Tastes Like Homemade

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“Pasta is a staple food for any kitchen. It is inexpensive and filling. Not many of us have time to start marinara sauce from scratch so this recipe allows you to use a store bought sauce and then add your own spin to it. It is easy to make and freezes well. I use it for anything from spaghetti, manacotti, lasagna to chicken parmesan.”
1 pot

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 Prego spaghetti sauce (I use their Four Cheese marinara sauce, or your favorite jarred sauce)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms (drained)
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 18 teaspoon oregano
  • 18 teaspoon bay leaf
  • 18 teaspoon basil
  • 1 pinch garlic salt
  • 12 teaspoon sugar
  • 18 teaspoon cinnamon (our family secret ingrediant, trust me!!)
  • 18 teaspoon minced garlic (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion (to taste)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Serve over your favorite pasta dish.

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