A mason jar full of homemade marinara with a basil leaf on top and spoon to the side.
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3 from 2 votes

Marinara Sauce

Easy homemade Marinara sauce made with canned (or fresh) tomatoes and 6 simple ingredients. It's healthy and tastier than anything you'll find in a jar.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 28 ounce can whole San Marzano tomatoes*
  • ¼  cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Crush the tomatoes with your hands into a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Add oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic. Stir and then add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, sugar, and salt.
  • Turn sauce down to a simmer and cook for at least 15-20 minutes, until the oil on the surface turns a deep orange.


*To substitute fresh tomatoes in place of the 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, use 6-7 ripe fresh tomatoes. Blanch them and remove the skins before step 1 of the recipe.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 767mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 3mg