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Homemade Marinara Sauce

The secret to memorable sauce is good-quality tomatoes and lots of fresh garlic.

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  • Yield: Makes 6 cups
Homemade Marinara Sauce

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2011


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) peeled whole tomatoes, pureed in a food processor
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, leaves torn
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium
    heat. Cook onion and garlic until soft
    and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add
    tomatoes, red-pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon
    salt, and some pepper. Simmer, covered,
    until thick, 25 minutes. Stir in herbs.

Cook's Note

Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

Reviews (1)

  • grizzlione 3 Feb, 2011

    may i be so bold as to suggest that you add to this lovely recipe: one half cup of Martini and Rossi sweet vermouth.... it adds depth of flavor to the the way... other brands won't have the same impact!

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