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Easy Marinara Sauce in a pot

Homemade marinara sauce is perfect for seasoning pasta, pizza, or as a dip.

This simple sauce is made with canned tomatoes and a handful of seasonings, simmered until it becomes a thick, flavorful sauce.

Marinara Sauce in a Pot

Marinara sauce is a simple tomato sauce that is perfect for pasta or lasagna. Don't let its simplicity fool you: it's delicious.

  • This sauce is easy to make and tastes deliciously fresh.
  • Use simple, everyday ingredients, many of which you probably already have on hand.
  • It's fresh, healthy and nutritious – perfect for replacing a jar or adding to recipes or pasta sauce.
  • Homemade marinara sauce can be used to replace tomato sauce in most recipes.
  • You can double or triple and freeze it for last minute recipes!
Ingredients for the marinara sauce in the pot

Ingredients for Homemade Marinara Sauce

  • Tomatoes: Use a combination of crushed and canned tomatoes along with tomato paste. Even though it costs just a little more, I love the fresh flavor that San Marzano Tomatoes add to sauces. Fresh tomatoes can be peeled and added.
  • Vegetables: The onion and garlic add flavor, while the grated carrots add sweetness and balance the tartness of the tomatoes.
  • Sugar: Depending on the brand of tomatoes, you may not need sugar in this recipe. If your sauce is tart, add a pinch or two. You can leave out the sugar entirely if you prefer.
  • Condiments: Add dry seasonings (like DIY Italian Seasoning) before simmering in step 5. Fresh herbs should be added just before serving. A few red pepper flakes or a splash of sriracha add a little zing to homemade marinara!

Marinara sauce is a thinner sauce than spaghetti sauce and has very few additions. Spaghetti sauce tends to be thicker, spicier, and bolder.


  • Add some grated zucchini or some pumpkin or squash puree as a natural sweetener and nutrient enhancer.
  • Or add ground beef and turn it into a hearty homemade spaghetti sauce.
Marinara sauce mixed with a wooden spoon

How to make marinara sauce

  1. Sauté the onion, carrot and garlic in the oil until soft (.
  2. Add the whole tomatoes and chop them with a spoon.
  3. Add remaining ingredients with ½ cup water and simmer until thickened.
  4. Add basil before serving.

In addition to spaghetti, use marinara sauce on chicken parmigiana for a delicious meat sauce or as a dipping sauce for breadsticks.

Marinara sauce will last about 5 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. For longer storage, it can be stored in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Other easy tomato sauces

Expand your sauce selection and try one of these favorites to use on your favorite pasta or pizza.

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Easy Marinara Sauce

Ripe tomatoes, garlic, onions and fresh basil are cooked together to make a rich and flavorful marinara sauce.

Preparation time 20 minutes

Time to cook 30 minutes

Total time 50 minutes

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

  • Add the diced onion, chopped carrot, and minced garlic to the pot. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  • Add the whole canned tomatoes (including the juice), chopping them gently with a spoon.

  • Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar if using, dried oregano and season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Add ½ cup water.

  • Simmer uncovered over low heat for about 20 minutes, or until thickened to desired consistency. Add fresh basil.

  • Serve with spaghetti or enjoy in your favorite recipes.

It is recommended to add fresh basil just before serving.
Fresh basil can be substituted with 2 teaspoons dried basil. If using dried, add it along with the oregano.
Depending on the brand of tomatoes you buy, you may need to add sugar.
Store leftover sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat on the stove until warm.

Calories: 112 | Carbohydrates: 15G | Protein: 2G | Fat: 5G | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 3G | Sugar: 8G | Vitamin A: 1320IU | C vitamin: 21.5mg | Soccer: 76mg | Iron: 2.5mg

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and may vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main course, Pasta, Sauce
Kitchen Italian
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