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Easy Marinara Sauce

This delicious homemade marinara sauce is so EASY to make using simple ingredients in just 35 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until softened (stirring frequently), about 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Add crushed tomatoes with juices, tomato paste, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer and reduce heat as necessary to maintain a simmer (medium low to low).
  • Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring about 3 times during simmering. *Exercise caution when removing lid to stir - the sauce tends to splatter while simmering. Stir about 3 times (every 6 to 7 minutes) during simmering to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Remove from heat. Remove bay leaf and discard. Stir in fresh basil.


  • This recipe yields approximately 3 ¼ cups.
  • To store in the fridge, allow to cool, place in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.
  • To freeze, allow to cool and place in an airtight container.  Freeze for up to 6 months.