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Napolentana Sauce in a white pasta bowl.

Napolitana Sauce (Neapolitan Sauce)

Napolitana Sauce (aka Neapolitan Sauce) is an authentically made Italian sauce from Naples, Italy. This sauce has a deep, rich flavor with sweet undertones and works beautifully on pasta, pizza, meatballs, bread sticks, etc. Use it however you would use classic Marinara Sauce.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Homemade Pizza Sauce, Napolentana Sauce, Napolitana Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 134kcal
Author Heather


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 med brown onion *diced
  • 4 lg garlic cloves *crushed
  • 1 28 oz whole San Marzano tomatoes *with juice
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups water


  • Heat a large stainless steel pan or enamled dutch oven (with matching lid) over med/high heat. Add oil and onion. Sauté until lightly golden brown and soft, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Add garlic and continue sautéing and additional minute.
  • Add canned tomatoes along with juice to the onion pan. Break apart tomatoes using spatula until a chunky sauce is formed. Cook on med/high heat stirring consistantly until sauce reduces dramtically in size, about 15- 20 minutes.
    Note: It is important not to walk away from the pan at this stage as the sauce can burn if not consistently stirred.
  • Once the sauce has reduced in size stir is salt, pepper and herbs and continue cooking for an additional minute. Stir in water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for approximately 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Once simmering is completed, process sauce with an immerssion blender.
    Note: The 1 hour simmering process will intensify flavors and help to reduce sauce to the perfect consistency for pasta. Processing with an immerssion blender is an optional step, however is highly recommended. If using sauce for homemade pizza, simmer for an addittional 30 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally if sauce is not thick.


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes
  • If using fresh herbs, do not add until the last 10 minutes of cooking. Also, if using an immersion blender process before adding the fresh herbs. 


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg