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5 from 1 vote

Marinara Sauce

This homemade Marinara Sauce is so easy to make with only a handful of ingredients. Slowly simmered to perfection, this tomato sauce is so full of flavor that you’ll never go back to store-bought! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Justin Coit


  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 sprig basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes 28 ounces
  • pinch of red pepper flakes optional to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add in the oil. Once heated, add in onions and sauté until soft and translucent. Then add in garlic and the optional red pepper flakes, and sauté for another minute.
  • Next, add in canned tomatoes and oregano. Crush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon then add in the sprig of basil.
  • Simmer for 45 minutes and remove basil sprig.
  • Use a handheld immersion blender to smooth out the sauce (you may need to add in a little water to help smooth it out). You can use a regular blender as well.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.



  • Depending on how much is being used, this yields around 6 to 8 servings.
  • The easiest way to break down the tomatoes to simmer is by using a potato masher! It’s faster than breaking them up one at a time with a wooden spoon against the side of your pot. However, you do end up with an extra item to wash.
  • Some recipes add all the ingredients into the pot at once, but I don’t recommend that. When you sauté the onion and garlic before adding the tomatoes, it provides a layer of flavor to your marinara that can’t be beaten.
  • If you don’t have onions, in a pinch, you can use shallots. 
  • Make this as chunky or as smooth as you’d like by adjusting how much you blend the sauce.
  • This marinara has no added sugars, but if you find the sauce to be too acidic, a pinch of sugar should help mellow it out.
  • If you don't have an immersion blender, you can transfer the sauce with a ladle to a blender to blend until smooth.


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg