Khmer Italian Marinara Sauce

January 1, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Khmer Italian Marinara Sauce

Khmer Italian Marinara Sauce is a straightforward and versatile recipe that has found popularity among young Khmer people in Cambodia. This easy-to-make Cambodian sauce has its roots in European cuisine, specifically Italian flavors, showcasing the blending of culinary influences. While traditionally Italian, this sauce has gained traction in the Cambodian community recently, offering a contemporary twist to traditional Khmer dishes.

The ingredients for Khmer Italian Marinara Sauce include canned stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped fresh parsley, minced garlic, fresh oregano, Italian seasoning, salt, ground black pepper, diced onion, olive oil, cooking white wine, and an optional sweetener. The preparation involves blending all the ingredients (excluding the sweetener) until smooth, creating a harmonious and flavorful base for the sauce. The sauce is then heated in a saucepan until it bubbles, allowing the flavors to meld together.

After blending and heating, the sauce is simmered for 15 minutes, achieving a rich and aromatic profile. The option to add sweetener is provided, allowing for customization based on personal taste preferences. This Khmer Italian Marinara Sauce can be easily frozen in containers for future use, providing a convenient and versatile option for home-cooked meals.

The sauce is suggested to be served over pasta, making it a versatile accompaniment to various dishes. Additionally, it pairs well with homemade Italian sausage, further emphasizing the fusion of Khmer and Italian flavors. This Khmer Italian Marinara Sauce offers a delightful and contemporary take on traditional Cambodian cuisine, showcasing the adaptability and creativity in the culinary landscape. Enjoy this flavorful sauce as a delicious addition to your pasta dishes or other Khmer-inspired creations.


2 cans (14.5oz) of stewed tomatoes
1 can (6oz) of tomato pastes
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 tsp of fresh oregano
1 tsp of Italian seasoning
1 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of ground fresh black pepper
1/2 onion diced
1/4 cup + 2 T olive oil
1/2 cup of cooking white wine
1 pkg of sweetener (optional)

Directions to make Khmer Italian Marinara Sauce

  1. Put everything together (except the sweetener) in the blender and blend it till smooth.
  2. Pour the sauce in a medium sauce pan and turn the heat to medium till bubble
  3. Add the sweetener if needed up to you.
  4. Then turn the heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat off and ready to serve on pasta.
  6. You can freeze left over sauce very nicely in a container for later.

Serve with my homemade Italian sausage and any kind of pasta; just pour this sauce over the pasta.

Thank you and enjoy it

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 154

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏25g 9%
Cholesterol ‏2mg 1%
Total Fat ‏6g 8%
Saturated Fat ‏1g 5%
Dietary Fiber ‏6g 21%
Protein ‏5g 10%
Sodium ‏1257mg 55%
Sugars ‏14g 28%


30 min


30 min




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