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Three-Ingredient Marinara


The beauty of this sauce is in its simplicity. Find the best quality ingredients you can find and this marinara will be the star of any dish.

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  • Yield: Makes 2 cups

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, May 2013


  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a food processor, puree tomatoes until smooth. In a straight-sided skillet, heat oil over medium. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pureed tomatoes and season. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 15 minutes.

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  • howacoglass
    12 SEP, 2016
    Great easy sauce. I had to add some fresh basil though, I just can't eat sauce without it!
  • annester
    3 FEB, 2014
    I loved this marinara sauce! I put it on a pizza, and it was delicious. Like one of the other reviewers, I did not need to puree the tomatoes. I used POMI strained tomatoes.
  • MS11608065
    21 JAN, 2014
    This is my nonna's recipe from Emilia Romagna. It is always the best, simpliest sauce to make where the tomato flavor stands out. She always made hers using San Marzano canned tomatoes - it really does make a difference!
  • Eliah Golan
    10 AUG, 2013
    It was nice, but it lacked "tomato sauce flavor". If you want a quick sauce, this is the recipe for you but if you want a really really flavorfull recipe for sauce, this is not the one for you.
    • missirish9
      4 MAR, 2015
      If your tomato sauce lacks tomato flavor, its the tomato. Not the recipe.
  • rosasdolcevita
    23 MAY, 2013
    This was absolutely delicious! To save a bit of time and less clean up, I used pureed tomato sauce instead. I'll definitely make this again on a week night. Quick and easy to prepare.