Rao’s Sauce Recipe (Copycat)

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Jed Published: September 16, 2021
Rao’s Sauce Recipe (Copycat)


How To Make Rao's Sauce (Copycat)

Made with canned tomatoes, this copycat Rao's sauce recipe offers a tangy and herb-loaded marinara, perfect for your favorite Italian dishes.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 5 mins


  • 46 oz San Marzano tomatoes, canned, whole
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp onions, minced
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1⁄8 tsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Remove the tomatoes from the cans, reserving the juice.
  2. Using the hands, gently crush the tomatoes, removing cores, stems, and any tomato skin pieces.

  3. In a pot or saucepan, place the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Gently saute the minced garlic and onion for about 30 seconds until fragrant.

  5. Add the crushed tomatoes, juice included, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  6. As soon as the mixture boils, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours, stirring every little bit.

  7. Around the 1½ mark, add the oregano and basil.

  8. Use an immersion blender to blend the sauce quickly and easily.

  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  10. Serve and enjoy!
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