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Homemade marinara sauce in a dutch oven with basil on top

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce is thick, rich and fresh tasting because there are no artificial flavors or preservatives! It takes minimal prep, a few pantry ingredients and it's ready in about 30 minutes!

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes use San Marzano tomatoes for best quality and flavor
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil or substitute with 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar omit for keto and paleo-friendly
  • 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, and 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. Enjoy!


  • Add 1-2 tablespoons more olive oil for an even silkier sauce.
  • Use this sauce in your pasta dishes, pizza, baked meatballs, sub sandwiches, you name it!
  • Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Variations: Change things up by adding red pepper flakes, your favorite herbs, olives or capers!


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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