Marinara Sauce  Recipe

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Why you'll love this marinara sauce

- Ready in 45 minutes  - Only 6 ingredients.  - The perfect blank slate for all your saucy dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and chicken parmesan.  - Freezes well so you can make a big batch and save some for later. 

The best homemade marinara sauce recipe

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!

homemade marinara sauce

12 servings


prep time

cook time

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10 min

35 min

45 min


Extra virgin olive oil Yellow onion Fresh garlic Tomato paste Whole peeled tomatoes Dried oregano Fresh basil Salt

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. 

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Mix in tomato paste and stir with the onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes to allow tomato paste to darken and caramelize. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 



blackened chicken

add a protein

italian meatballs

seared shrimp

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