Marilyn’s Cheater Marinara

Marilyn’s Cheater Marinara

Easy | 30 MIN | 7 Cups

This is so tasty and really easy breezy. It’s much more flavorful than just using marinara from a jar and you can tweak the flavors as you like. We use this sauce for our Turkey Meatballs and any time we need marinara for a dish. 


  • 1 jar organic marinara sauce, we like Whole Foods brand or Organico Bello
  • 1 – 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • Splash of red wine
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons Italian Herb blend
  • 1 to 2 cups Low Sodium Organic Chicken Broth or Low Sodium Organic Vegetable Broth
  • Salt to taste

Optional additions

While you could sauté up a few cloves of minced garlic before adding the marinara and diced tomatoes, throwing in ½ teaspoon of garlic granules works just fine. Not the same at all as fresh garlic, but it’s quick and easy.

  • ½ teaspoon onion granules
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Vietnamese cinnamon
  • Use fire-roasted tomatoes rather than just diced tomatoes


Combine the marinara, diced tomatoes, and 1 cup organic chicken or vegetable broth in a 2-quart pot. Heat and add a splash of red wine, a splash of balsamic vinegar, and 1 tablespoon Italian herbs. Simmer for a few minutes for flavors to meld. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If you’d like your sauce to be a little thinner add more broth.

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