This simple tomato sauce is so versatile! Use it on pasta, with eggplant parmesan or any other recipe that calls for red sauce.

How To Make Marinara Sauce

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1 hr 35 mins
1 hr 35 mins


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small sweet yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil or 1 tsp. dried a viable alternative is 1 tsp. dried chopped basil
  • 1 32 oz. can of tomato puree you may also use fresh tomatoes
  • 1 32 oz. can of crushed plum tomatoes you may also use fresh tomatoes


  • Sauté the onions and garlic in an oiled pan for 5 minutes.
  • Afterward, add the basil, puree, tomatoes, and sugar.
  • Next, season the mixture with salt and pepper. 
  • Lastly, simmer the sauce for 1 1/2 hours uncovered. Afterward, serve it with your favorite pasta. Enjoy!