Homemade Marinara Sauce

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 cups

The secret to memorable marinara sauce is good-quality tomatoes and lots of fresh garlic. Spread this atop some pasta for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.


  • 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

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • ¼ cup fresh basil, leaves torn

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over mediumheat. Cook onion and garlic until softand translucent, about 8 minutes. Addtomatoes, red-pepper flakes, 1 teaspoonsalt, and some pepper. Simmer, covered,until thick, 25 minutes. Stir in herbs.

Cook's Notes

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

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