Our homemade classic marinara sauce recipe is just so good. It incorporates Italian flavors so well, and a perfect balance of quality tomatoes, and oregano with just a pinch of red pepper flakes will be a real treat to your taste buds. This is a recipe designed to be easy, you can set this off to simmer while you unwind after a day at work.
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Why you’ll love this homemade marinara sauce recipe
Should I use canned or fresh tomatoes?
For this pasta sauce recipe, we’re all about simplicity and making everything easy for you.
That’s why we recommend using canned over fresh tomatoes when you make marinara sauce.
When using canned crushed tomatoes, make sure you buy the best you can afford, quality really does count when the whole focus of the sauce is on the tomatoes.
We’ve used canned plum tomatoes but you can use chopped or crushed tomatoes, using crushed tomatoes will give a slightly smoother consistency.
If you’ve got time, sure you can use fresh tomatoes, they’ll give a freshness to the sauce which will be really tasty.
Could I use tomato sauce instead of canned tomatoes?
There are many different marinara sauce recipes that do use passata sauce, along with tomato paste.
We prefer either crushed tomatoes or fresh tomatoes above passata and tomato paste, purely because they give a more fresh and vibrant flavor.
However, there’s nothing wrong with using passata sauce and tomato paste, so if you prefer using them, then by all means do so!
We apologise, we know that once you taste this delicious homemade marinara sauce, you’ll never want to buy store-bought again, we’ve ruined you. Sorry about that. Not sorry.
What do you serve it with?
Our fresh marinara sauce is so flexible and you can use it with so many different foods.
How do you store this?
It keeps very well.
If you store it in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated, then it’ll keep for up to 4 days.
Store it in a freezer bag and it’ll keep up to 3 months.
This means that it’s a perfect recipe to batch cook, so while you’re at it, why not double batch, or, even better, why not triple batch cook and have a supply tucked away for when it’s needed?
Recipe notes and expert tips
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How to make marinara sauce with step-by-step instructions
Making our easy marinara recipe is easy if you follow our simple instructions.
A full printable recipe along with the measurements in both US customary and metric is available in the recipe card below.
Tip the canned tomatoes into a medium saucepan.
Add the chopped onions, garlic cloves (or minced garlic), dried oregano, pepper flakes, and extra virgin olive oil.
Over medium-high heat, bring the sauce to a simmer, and lower the heat to allow the tomato sauce to gently simmer for around 45 minutes.
Stir occasionally, then, after 45 minutes, use the back of a wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes into small pieces.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and then, using a fork, smash the garlic cloves against the pan and then stir into the sauce.
If you prefer, you can use a food processor to blend your marinara sauce to the consistency you like, but we like a chunky sauce.
Add salt and pepper to taste, your sauce is now ready to serve with pasta, garnish with a little fresh basil!
Your sauce is now ready – enjoy!
We hope you enjoy making the best marinara sauce recipe you’ll ever taste!
We’d love to hear how you got on with it, so please do leave a comment or feel free to ask a question.
Marinara sauce recipe
- 3½ lbs Plum or chopped tomatoes
- 2 Onions chopped
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp Dried oregano
- ½ tsp Red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to season
- Tip the canned tomatoes into a medium saucepan and add the chopped onions, garlic cloves (or minced garlic), dried oregano, red pepper flakes, and extra virgin olive oil3½ lbs Plum or chopped tomatoes
- Over medium-high heat, bring the sauce to a simmer, andr the heat to allow the tomato sauce to gently simmer for around 45 minutes. Stir occasionally, then, after 45 minutes, use the back of a wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes into small pieces
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and then, using a fork, smash the garlic cloves against the pan, then stir into the sauce and you have a chunky sauce, If you prefer a smoother sauce, then blitz it in a food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste, your sauce is now ready to serve with pasta, garnish with a little fresh basil. Enjoy your marinara sauce!
- Want to add some heat to your sauce?
If you like a little kick to your homemade marinara sauce, then just add extra red pepper flakes, add a little at a time until you get the heat you prefer
- Don’t want to use whole garlic cloves?
That’s not a problem, just use minced garlic instead
- Want an extra flavor?
Stir in a little fresh basil when you finish cooking the marinara sauce, this will give an extra depth of flavor
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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