Main ingredients for Jamaican Rum Marinara Sauce
Main ingredients for Jamaican Rum Marinara Sauce

Recently I purchased some fairly sweet and relatively inexpensive tomatoes in the produce aisle of my supermarket. For $1.99, I was able to nab five small goodness in a package.In the moment, I got a culinary idea so I grabbed another packet. Marinara was on my mind. It’s a simple sauce that is seasoned with herbs, garlic and other ingredients of choice.

It had been sometime since I made my own marinara sauce. Making my own has its advantages in that I’m able to control the consistency of my sauce. I like to keep it on the chunky side and add my own fresh and wholesome ingredients without the added preservatives that the store-bought version has. Not only did I wish to make my own marinara sauce, I wanted to input Jamaican white rum to take it to another level. That move provided quite a treat. It gave my sauce a slightly bold and even more succulent taste.


  • Fresh tomatoes (8 sm)
  • Diced tomatoes (15oz) canned
  • Jamaican white rum (1/3 cup)
  • Onion (1/2 Large)
  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Thyme (1 tsp)
  • Dried oregano(1/4 tsp)
  • Dried basil (1/4 tsp)
  • Fresh parsley
  • Bell pepper (tbsp)
  • Olive oil (3 tbsp)
  • Sugar (1 tsp)
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Jamaican Rum Marinara Sauce simmering
    Jamaican Rum Marinara Sauce simmering


  1. In a stock pot, saute finely chopped onions and bell peppers in a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Season along with salt and pepper.
  3. Add crushed garlic cloves.
  4. Add rum and stir the ingredients.
  5. Proceed to add fresh tomatoes, and canned diced tomatoes along with sugar. The sugar will provide a balance to the acid in the tomatoes.
  6. Add the dried herbs and seasonings.
  7. Do taste test and add additional seasonings if needed.
  8. Allow sauce to simmer under low to medium heat for approximately 40 minutes or until sauce gather the right consistency you are okay with.
  9. A few minutes before completion, add fresh chopped parsley or any herb of choice.
  10. Add shredded or grated parmesan cheese (or any cheese of choice) after removing pot from heat.

I served my Jamaican rum marinara sauce on a bed of whole wheat spaghetti along with a spicy serving of  shrimp. I chose not to add cheese.

Spicy peppered shrimp with Jamaican rum marinara sauce on a bed of whole wheat spaghetti
Spicy peppered shrimp with Jamaican rum marinara sauce on a bed of whole wheat spaghetti


Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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