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Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

This recipe for Homemade Marinara Sauce is ready in about 30 minutes, uses simple ingredients, and is freezer friendly.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Basics, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: homemade pasta sauce, marinara sauce from scratch
Servings: 7 cups
Calories: 38kcal


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup grated or minced yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 (28 oz each) cans San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • torn or minced fresh basil optional


  • In a large heavy bottomed pot, add olive oil and heat over MED heat.  Once oil is hot, add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Add grated onion and tomato paste and cook about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar, thyme, salt, pepper and vinegar.  Stir well.
  • Use a potato masher or wooden spoon to gently break down the whole tomatoes.
  • Keep cooking until sauce comes to a high simmer, then reduce heat to MED LOW, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender and blend until somewhat, mostly, or completely smooth.  Alternately, you could transfer the sauce to a traditional blender or food processor.


  1. Recipe makes approximately 7 cups of sauce.
  2. Recipe is easily halved or doubled, just make sure to halve or double all the ingredients.


Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg