Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

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Natalie Silva Modified: March 25, 2022
Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

How To Make Homemade Marinara Sauce

This marinara sauce recipe is super easy to make and requires simple ingredients. Flavorful spices and herbs put together in one delicious sauce.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 28ozwhole peeled tomatoes
  • 1medium yellow onion,peeled, halved
  • 2large garlic cloves,peeled, whole
  • 2tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tbspdried oregano
  • pinchred pepper flakes,optional

For Optional Serving:

  • salt,to taste
  • pasta,cooked
  • Parmesan cheese,grated, or vegan Parmesan
  • basil,chopped fresh
  • olive oil


  1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the tomatoes with their juices, onion, garlic cloves, olive oil, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

  2. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to keep the sauce at a slow, steady simmer for about 45 minutes or until droplets of oil float free of the tomatoes.

  3. Stir occasionally, then use a sturdy wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes against the side of the pot after about 15 minutes.

  4. Remove the pot from the heat, then discard the onion.

  5. Smash the garlic cloves against the side of the pot with a fork, then stir the smashed garlic into the sauce. Do the same with any tiny onion pieces found.

  6. Use the wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes to desired consistency.

  7. Add salt, to taste.

  8. Serve warm, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This sauce keeps well, covered, and refrigerated for up to 4 days. Freeze it for up to 6 months.


  • Calories: 280.94kcal
  • Fat: 20.86g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.91g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 14.67g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.47g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.26g
  • Fiber: 6.44g
  • Sugar: 12.88g
  • Protein: 4.55g
  • Sodium: 1112.30mg
  • Calcium: 86.22mg
  • Potassium: 1060.31mg
  • Iron: 1.94mg
  • Vitamin A: 167.97µg
  • Vitamin C: 60.04mg
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