Hetty’s improved marinara sauce


Hey everyone!


Today have been a little chaotic, I haven’t been able to follow witch day to post each post, ever since Thursday I’ve been a little confused about what day it is. But I promise you that the post that doesn’t make it this week will be posted next week. ( Like the stir-fry recipe.)

I got a request to make a post about how one could make a marinara sauce from a jar taste better. I might have posted something similar before, but because of the request, I decided to make a whole new post about. I love getting requests like these, it makes me happy.

I often make a marinara sauce/ Italian Sugo sauce from scratch. But it often happens that I use marinara sauce from a jar. There is no crime in using a marinara sauce from a jar, but If you do choose to use a sauce from a jar I highly recommend improving it. But if you are making lasagna I recommend making the meat/tomato sauce from scratch and it doesn’t have to take 3 hours to make. If you want to make a good meat sauce for lasagna you can use the same meat-sauce as I used in my rigatoni pasta with a meat sauce. Use the same meat sauce for your lasagna

But today I’m going to give you some tips on how easily can improve a marinara sauce from a jar. It’s easy and it doesn’t cost a fortune.

Seasoning tip: All the seasoning blends I use can easily be switched out with your favorite spices, Italien seasoning blends etc. The most important thing when it comes to seasoning is that you don’t season too much. Be gentle, taste, add more if you need to but don’t exaggerate. Some spices you can use more of than others, it’s all about the perfect balance. I will be writing a post on seasoning next week, so stay tuned for that.

Ingredients you need to improve a jar of marinara sauce:

1 pond of ground beef

18 oz. Marinara sauce jar

1/2 Onion or 2 shallots

A handful of grated cheese

Pasta ( of your choice, I used spaghetti )

Grated Parmesan

All around spice mix

Tuscan spice blend


Chili flakes

1 Clove of garlic

A teaspoon of powdered beef broth


2 teaspoons of sun-dried tomatoes

1 small can of canned mushrooms

Directions on how to improve your marinara sauce:

  1. Start by chopping up one onion/. Put some butter into a large skillet. When the butter has melted add the onions and season with some grated nutmeg and pepper.  Put on the pasta water with a teaspoon of powdered beef broth and wait for it to boil before adding the pasta
  2. When the onion has reached a golden color add in the ground beef. Season with Tuscan spice mix, chili flakes, all around spice, one clove of minced garlic and pepper. When the pasta water is boiling add in the pasta of your choice and boil as written on the label.
  3. When the ground beef is cooked, add the drained canned mushrooms and 2 teaspoons of sun-dried tomatoes. and let it simmer for 2 minutes before adding in the jar of marinara sauce. Let it cook for about 5-10 minutes. a minute or two before it’s done, add in a tablespoon of butter and handful of grated cheese.
  4. When the pasta is done, drain the water and add it into a serving bowl, pour over the marinara-meat sauce and sprinkle some grated parmesan on top before serving.

You can easily serve this dish up with some garlic bread on the side or a salad.  I hope all you love this recipe as much as we do. We use this improved marinara sauce recipe often, and today was one of those days when this recipe was perfect. The weather is hot ++ and nothing is better than some pasta on a hot summer day.

Coming up tomorrow is another surprise recipe. I’m super excited about it.

I hope all of you have an amazing day and I hope to see you all back here tomorrow for a new post.

  • Hetty



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