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homemade marinara sauce in dutch oven with chopped basil on top

Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

Easy Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce is a fresh, delicious homemade marinara sauce that takes minutes to put together with minimal ingredients!

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided*
  • 1 medium yellow onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes I used San Marzano
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil**
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium low heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened and translucent, about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, basil, tomato paste, sugar, salt, and pepper, to taste. Stir to combine and simmer uncovered over low heat for 20-30 minutes. The longer the sauce simmers, the more flavorful it will be.


  • *Use 1-2 tablespoons more olive oil for a smoother texture.
  • **1 tablespoon dried basil may be substituted for the fresh basil.
  • Use this sauce in your pasta dishes, pizza, baked meatballs, sub sandwiches, you name it!
  • This sauce is very freezer friendly!


Serving: 1g, Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 209mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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