Quick and simple marinara sauce with tomatoes, fresh basil, and garlic. It can be used as a pasta sauce, with meatballs, or for a dipping sauce. It's a great sauce to keep on hand in the freezer for a quick meal!
Heat a large pot or dutch oven then add in olive oil. Sweat onions for about 10 minutes until softening and translucent. Then add in garlic.
Mix in tomato paste and stir with the onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes to allow tomato paste to darken and caramelize.
Pour in tomatoes, water, and oregano. Break up large tomato chunks with a potato masher to desired consistency. If you want a really smooth sauce you can use an immersion blender.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Add in fresh basil. Cook uncovered for about 20 minutes. If you're cooking with meatballs, add them in now.
Cook pasta to al dente. Toss homemade marinara sauce with a splash of pasta water and cooked pasta. Enjoy! Top with meatballs or chicken parm.