Tomato Sauce vs Marinara

Tomato Sauce vs Marinara

What is the Difference Between Marinara and Tomato Sauce?

When trying to understand the difference between tomato sauce vs marinara sauce or the difference between marinara and spaghetti 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. So, just what is the difference between marinara and tomato sauce?

The key difference is that tomato sauce is thicker and much more complicated. The complex flavor found in the Jule's 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. Jule's Tomato 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?

Marinara sauce is a vibrant, tomato-based sauce seasoned with herbs like basil, oregano, and garlic, offering a simple yet robust flavor that complements a wide range of dishes. Originating from Italy, this versatile sauce is a staple in Italian cuisine, often used as a base for pasta, pizza, and numerous other recipes. 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. We believe that Jule's Tomato Sauce Classic Red 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?

A tomato sauce such as Jule's Tomato Sauce is thick, rich, and full of tomato flavor. Rather than having a thin consistency like a traditional marinara, tomato sauce is often 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 Jule's 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. Jule's Tomato Sauce has also created a dairy-free 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 Jule's 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.

Classic Red Tomato Sauce


Discover the rich, homemade taste of Jule's Tomato Sauce Classic Red, crafted with vine-ripened tomatoes— all without added sugar. This sauce is your key to quickly creating delicious meals that taste as if they've been simmering all day. Ideal for busy food lovers, Jule's Tomato Sauce Classic Red saves you time in the kitchen while delivering delicious, health-conscious meals that are sure to impress. Click 'Order Now' to bring this culinary delight into your home and elevate your cooking effortlessly!

Killer Spaghetti (spaghetti all’assassina)

Killer Spaghetti (spaghetti all’assassina)

This classic, spicy one-pot pasta dish, known as "Killer Spaghetti" has been a staple in many restaurant menus for years. In an easy recipe idea that can be prepared ahead of time and tastes just as good reheated as is does the first time around.

Homemade Lasagna

Homemade Lasagna

Who doesn't love a good homemade lasagna recipe? Our easy homemade lasagna recipe made with our Classic Red tomato sauce is meaty, cheesy, and packed with flavor in every bite. Add a side salad and a crunchy loaf of garlic bread to round out a winning dinner.

Homemade Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs. It's hard to find a more authentic Italian dish than the legendary bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. It's also hard to a comforting family dinner that is easier to make.