5 from 6 votes
White bowl containing Penne Pasta with Italian Marinara Sauce sitting on a black table, red wine and gray napkin on table.
Penne Pasta with Italian Marinara Sauce
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs

This Penne Pasta with Italian Marinara Sauce really hits home if you are looking for homemade comfort food. This sauce is full of so many Italian herbs and spices! The fresh oregano, basil and Italian parsley pairs so well with the zesty tomatoes, fresh minced garlic and onions! Everyone in your family will rave over this pasta dish!

Course: Italian
Cuisine: Dinner
Keyword: marinara sauce, penne pasta
Servings: 8
Calories: 261 kcal
Author: Amanda Mason
  1. In a large skillet, brown the meat until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.

  2. Finely shop the onion, garlic and carrots and place in a bowl. Don't peel the carrots...that's where most of the nutrition is!
  3. In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. When oil is hot, add in the chopped onion, garlic and carrots and saute for about 5 minutes.
  5. While the vegetables are sauteing, pour the 2 cans of whole tomatoes in a bowl and break apart with your hands. You want to release the juices and ensure they tomatoes are broken into smaller pieces.
  6. Once the vegetables are done sauteing, add the broken up tomatoes to the pot, along with the can of diced tomatoes. Also add in the water and half the can of tomato paste. Stir well to start mixing all the ingredients together.

  7. Add cooked meat, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, sugar and parsley to the sauce and stir well.

  8. Bring the sauce to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Once the sauce is close to being done, cook your pasta according to the box directions.
  10. Serve the sauce over the cooked pasta and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Nutrition Facts
Penne Pasta with Italian Marinara Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 578mg25%
Potassium 643mg18%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 2924IU58%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.