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Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce

This homemade marinara sauce is so easy to make and tastes fantastic! So much better then the store bought marinara sauce, and almost as easy!

My family loves pasta. Anyone else’s?

Homemade marinara sauce on spaghetti noodles

I’m guessing pretty much everyone’s. Pasta is just one of those meals that not too many people dislike.

What’s not to love, really? A plate full of comfort, that’s what pasta is.

Easy marinara sauce

Also, easy.

And we all know that easy meals that are on the table in under 30 minutes are the best. Especially when those 30 minute meals are made with ingredients that you likely already have.

No deciding what to make for dinner and then realizing you don’t have half the ingredients.

Homemade marinara sauce

This marinara sauce makes a great pasta sauce for a quick and easy dinner. Enjoy it meatless with just some noodles and sauce, or cook up some meat to have with it – either way it’s a great meal.

Pasta for dinner tonight?

Easy homemade marinara sauce

How do you make easy marinara sauce?

This easy marinara sauce takes hardly any time or effort to make. Saute some onion and garlic, throw in some canned crushed tomatoes and seasoning, and let it simmer. That’s it.

Easy to make, homemade pasta sauce

Do you put marinara sauce on pasta?

We love marinara sauce on pasta. It’s perfect as a side dish with grilled chicken (I have 7 chicken marinades here that make for an easy meal with this!) or another meat. Or it’s great on it’s own served with spaghetti for a simple meatless meal with a salad.

Marinara sauce is also amazing as a dipping sauce. My kids love it to dip these pepperoni pizza rolls in.

Easy simple pasta sauce

How to make marinara sauce:

  • This is one of the easiest pasta sauces to make. The prep work is basically nonexistent, if you can chop an onion and press some garlic through a garlic press then you can make marinara sauce. Oh, and you need to open a couple cans. One of those amazing meals that is crazy easy and tastes fantastic!
  • I like to make a large (double or triple the recipe) batch of this pasta sauce because it’s no harder to make more and it freezes really well. Let it cool completely after cooking it and then freeze it in some large mason jars or another freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
  • We like this sauce with spaghetti, but serve it over whatever type of noodles you like, or happen to have on hand!
  • If you’re looking for more great pasta sauce recipes, I have 12 Easy Pasta Sauce Recipes here that are all fantastic!

Here are some more great pasta recipes for you:

Easy to make homemade pasta sauce
Yield: serves 4

Marinara Sauce

Easy homemade marinara sauce on spaghetti

This homemade marinara sauce is so easy to make and tastes fantastic! So much better then the store bought marinara sauce, and almost as easy!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced small
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 x 28 ounce cans (828 mL) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. In a medium stovetop pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 3-4 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, and sugar and stir to combine.
  4. Bring the sauce to a high simmer (just about a boil), then cover and lower the heat to low.
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


This marinara sauce freezes well. After cooking, let it cool completely, then transfer it to mason jars, or a freezer safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/4 recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 286mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 6gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

mimi rippee

Wednesday 9th of October 2019

There's nothing quite so good as a flavorful red sauce. I'll certainly never buy one in a jar. Ever!

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