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Easy marinara sauce is a tomato sauce that is simple and perfect for all of your pasta recipes. This marina sauce is easy, quick to make, and is loaded with flavors.
Pasta is my family go-to meal when we need something quick on school nights, with this homemade sauce, whipping up our favorite one-pot spaghetti or spaghetti sauce is quick and easy. This sauce adds a rich authentic flavor to any pasta dish, sandwich subs, and pizza. After trying this recipe, you will make your own marinara sauce instead of being the store-bought one because of its ease and flavors.
Homemade Marinara Sauce
Marinara sauce is a tomato-based sauce with herbs. It is great for pasta and is the same as pasta sauce except pasta sauce contains meat flavoring or vegetables.
This homemade sauce is easy to make. It requires a few pantry ingredients and herbs. I use canned San Marzano tomatoes and a little sugar to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes. This slow-simmered tomato sauce can be enjoyed with meatballs, pasta, pizza, lasagna, and even sandwich subs.
Check the printable recipe card at the bottom for a detailed list and measurements
Canned whole Tomatoes ( San Marzano tomatoes)
How to make Marinara sauce
Put a saucepan on medium heat, add the olive oil, minced garlic, and diced onions and saute for a few minutes.
Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, sugar, Italian seasoning, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Stir and remove from the heat. Enjoy with meatballs, as a dipping sauce or with your sandwich subs.
How to store
This homemade sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. To store for a longer period of time, it can be stored in the freezer for up to four months. Allow the sauce to cool, put in an airtight bag or container, and store in the fridge or freezer.
Add crushed pepper flakes to make it spicy or to give it an extra kick.
Adjust the Italian seasoning to increase the flavor or reduce it.
If desired, add meatballs and simmer for extra 10 minutes.
If using fresh tomatoes, peel the tomato skin. I like to use peeled canned San Marzano tomatoes because there are less acidic and great.
Double the recipe and freeze some, it stores well and saves cooking time. Just bring out and thaw ahead.
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Easy Marinara Sauce
- 28 oz whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes canned
- 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup diced yellow onions
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup water optional
- 2 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon Tomato paste optional
- Put a saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil, minced garlic, onions, and sautee
- Add the crushed whole tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, and water(optional).
- Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.