The Difference Between Tomato Sauce and Marinara Sauce

3 min read

The Difference Between Tomato Sauce and Marinara Sauce

When trying to understand the difference between tomato sauce and marinara sauce, it’s easy to get confused. Marinara sauce and tomato sauce are often used mutually due to some very easy to see similarities. They taste similar and look the same.

The key difference is that tomato sauce is thicker and much more complicated. The complex flavor found in the Jar Goods tomato sauce recipe is what sets it apart from other jarred sauces.

Marinara sauce recipes are simple and can be prepared with very little cooking time. A tomato sauce, on the other hand, is a tomato based sauce that is thick and rich, complex and complicated. Jar Goods pasta sauce is slowly simmered with tomatoes and basil. We add garlic, onions and pure olive oil to produce a sauce fit for the finest Italian cuisine.

What is marinara sauce?

An easy way to understand the difference between tomato sauce and marinara sauce is that marinara sauce is thinner. You can use any type of tomato to create a marinara sauce. When making your own marinara recipe at home, the sauce cooks rather quickly.

The majority of the flavor is provided by the added garlic, crushed red pepper, basil and oregano. Being that marinara doesn't have a big and bold tomato taste, many believe it's great for pasta or as a pizza sauce. That said, we believe that Jar Goods tomato sauce is great with pasta and also serves as an amazing pizza sauce.

You'll often hear people ask for marinara sauce and spaghetti. This is also why folks often use the terms marinara sauce and spaghetti sauce as one in the same. They are similar, spaghetti sauce is essentially a version of a marinara sauce. Spaghetti sauce usually contains added ingredients such as ground beef to make a bolognese sauce.

What is tomato sauce?

Jar Goods tomato sauce

A tomato sauce such as Jar Goods is thick, rich, and full of tomato flavor. Rather than having a thin consistency like a traditional marinara, tomato sauce is thicker and sits on top of your pasta dishes. The flavors of a tomato sauce are simmered together slowly, giving them time to develop. The end result is a red sauce that is traditionally a bit sweeter than a marinara. We prepare Jar Goods tomato sauce in small batches ensuring that each jar is full of big tomato flavor.

A tomato sauce includes tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, onion, salt, and pepper. As the sauce simmers and cooks down, the flavor develops over time. The end result is a red sauce that is perfect for a wide array of dishes. There are many other items that can be added to this “Sunday Sauce” such as carrots, Italian sausage, seasoned meatballs, or veal.

Variations of tomato sauce

Using our Classic Red tomato sauce, we create other Italian tomato sauce flavors such as an indulgent vodka sauce and a spicy arrabbiata sauce. Jar Goods has also created a vegan vodka sauce that uses coconut milk instead of heavy cream. The result is a creamy, silky, tomato-y vegan sauce that is full of flavor.

As you have learned, there is a difference between tomato sauce and traditional marinara sauce. The versatility of Jar Goods tomato sauce makes it the best tomato sauce in a jar. Use our family tomato sauce recipe to create all of your favorite dishes. Be sure to check out our recipe section for family-friendly dinners and mealtime inspiration.



Recommended With



Also in Tomato Sauce Articles

How to Stock a Modern Pantry
How to Stock a Modern Pantry

3 min read

Pantry staples are essential food items that are kept in the pantry. They are non-perishable and can be stored for a long time without spoiling. Having a well-stocked pantry is important for any household.
Read Full Recipe
The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Pasta Sauce
The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Pasta Sauce

2 min read

Pasta sauce, otherwise known as tomato sauce, red sauce, spaghetti sauce or marinara sauce, is a condiment used to flavor and enhance the taste of cooked pasta dishes. It is typically made from tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, herbs and other ingredients. 
Read Full Recipe
Transform Your Pizza By Using Pasta Sauce as a Pizza Sauce
Transform Your Pizza By Using Pasta Sauce as a Pizza Sauce

3 min read

Using pasta sauce as a pizza sauce is an increasingly popular trend among homemade pizza lovers. It is a great way to add some variety to your pizza and make it more flavorful. The appeal of using pasta sauce as a pizza sauce lies in the fact that pasta sauce is usually more thicker and richer than pizza sauce.
Read Full Recipe