Mama’s Saucy Marinara

Mama’s Saucy Marinara

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Mama’s Saucy Marinara has become one of the staple foods around here, especially when the grandchildren come over. We usually get together with all the grandchildren (all 7 of them) one night per week for dinner. On these special fun-filled nights they take turns picking what we’re going to eat! Even if it’s a bologna sandwich, whoever picks the meal gets to help make it; and – yes – I will suffer through them eating bologna, but I do refuse to eat it with them!


Normally they’ll all pick “slurp night”- yes, you read it correctly, it’s called slurp night around here. A kicked-up fun description of spaghetti night! Well, this is how it goes, – all the kids get seated at the table with their plate of spaghetti noodles with their favorite Mama’s Saucy Marinara on the top, along with some sprinkled cheese, and then the fun begins. They all take that long piece of pasta and just insert it, so the lips are holding it, I have a timer set, and give them the countdown of one, two, three – GO! My husband takes the videos of the contest because some win just by a tiny slurp, and we have to do the playback on the television so everyone can watch how quickly or slow they slurped!  This goes down in the grandparent’s memory books. For them it’s a great time to remember and carry on with their own children.

Mama’s Saucy Marinara

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 8 - 10

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Mama’s Saucy Marinara

Mama’s Saucy Marinara is a fun filled night of laughs with the family. Nothing like hearing all those giggles on a “slurp night” at our house! Bring fun back to the table, just remember your napkins!


  • 1 – Package Gluten-Free Noodles
  • 1 – Green Bell Pepper – chopped
  • 1 – Red Onion – chopped
  • 1 – Yellow Bell Pepper – chopped
  • 2 – Broccoli Stalks – chopped thin*
  • 3 – Fresh Tomatoes – chopped
  • 2 TBS – Coconut Oil
  • 1 ½ lbs – Ground Sirloin**
  • 1 TBS – Ground Black Pepper***
  • 3 – Garlic Cloves – minced
  • 1 TBS – Italian Seasoning


  1. Saute onion, bell peppers, broccoli stalks, and garlic, in coconut oil on med/low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. While veggies are sauteing, cook on low in large pot: tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, and Italian seasonings. Once sauteed veggies are ready, and, add them to tomato mixture, and continue to cook on low.
  3. During this time saute ground sirloin on low in same pan a as you did the veggies, cook sirloin until brown, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add sirloin to tomato mixture and cook on low for 30 minutes.
  5. During this time cook noodles according to package – about 8 minutes. Drain and serve with Mama’s Saucy Marinara.
  6. Add a side salad of fresh greens and some warm bread sticks for a complete meal.


*I saved my broccoli stalks from dinner the night before; I love the flavor it gives to the marinara. **You can use any kind of ground meat or omit for vegetarian style marinara. ***I did not add salt - tomato sauce has enough sodium - and you may some to your taste.

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Mama’s Saucy Marinara can be a messy night of slurping up some fun, just watch out for the flying sauce and remember to duck, and bring those napkins for when they all start slurping at the same time, or at least wear the same color shirt as the sauce! Those little magic eraser cleaning pads really come in handy when it’s cleanup time! Mama’s Saucy Marinara is a quick and easy meal to fix up in a flash. Change things up and add some more veggies, or a different kind of meat, or leave the meat out for a great vegetarian marinara. Either way, it’s going to be a fun filled night for the entire family! Enjoy!

From my kitchen to yours,

Tina Marie


Do you have “slurp night” at your house?

9 thoughts on “Mama’s Saucy Marinara

    • Thanks JcCee – we are always looking for ways to build memories with out grandchildren involved around the kitchen. They really think I live in there 🙂 I already have 2 of them that want to be a chef! Thanks for stopping in.

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