Homemade Marinara & Cheesy Garlic Bread

Homemade New York Marinara Sauce & Cheesy Bread
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Christopher and Amy took us to a great little pizza place
in Navarre a few weeks ago and
their marinara sauce was absolutely amazing!
I wanted to try and duplicate it so I found a great
New York recipe and I think I came pretty close!
This is what we had for dinner last night,
but it would be a wonderful little appetizer too!


  • 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1tsp oregano
  • 1tsp basil
  • pinch of cayenne


Step 1

In saucepan, combine butter and oil, melt.

Step 2

Add garlic and onions and cook a few minutes until onion is translucent.

Step 3

Add the tomatoes and break up with a spoon while it's cooking.

Step 4

The marinara should be chunky. Add the spices and sugar. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook until reduced by 1/2 about 1 hour.

Step 5

Season with extra salt if needed. Serve with the cheesy garlic bread.


The delicious ingredients…

Combine the olive oil and butter…
add the onions and garlic…
Cook until onions are translucent…

Add the tomatoes…

the sugar and spices..

Cook on low about an hour until it’s perfect like this!

 Cheesy Garlic Bread

1/2 Loaf pre-made garlic bread

1 1/2-2 cups shredded cheese, mozzarella
or cheese of your choice
1/4 cup mayo
dried parsley flakes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Put half the loaf on a baking sheet.
  In another bowl, combine  shredded cheese with the mayo.
It will be a little hard to mix but a fork helps
to combine it all well.
Next, spread cheese/mayo mixture on top of the garlic loaf.
 Sprinkle with some dried parsley flakes for a bit of color.
Bake on 425 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Cut into slices and serve with the marinara.
Mmmm….garlic bread…
Mix the cheese and mayo…
Spread it on the garlic loaf and sprinkle with the parsley…
It will look delicious like this!
Bake on 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes…
until it looks hot, bubbly, cheesy like so…
Cut into slices to dip in the marina…enjoy!
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