Marinara Sauce – Extremely easy and delicious marinara sauce recipe done in under 30 minutes. This sauce is perfect for pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, dipping, and more.
Ingredients you need to make the Homemade Marinara Sauce:
Diced Tomatoes – I used two 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes in this recipe. You could also use one large 28 oz. can.
Garlic – I highly recommend using fresh garlic in this recipe!
Onions – You can use yellow, white or red onion.
Celery – Adds a delicious hearty flavor to the sauce.
Carrot – Adds a delicious hearty flavor to the sauce.
Basil – I used fresh basil in this recipe. If you don’t have fresh, you can also use dried basil. Substitute for 1 tsp dried.
Parsley – I recommend using fresh, but if you don’t have fresh on hand, substitute for 1 tsp dried parsley.
Oregano – I recommend using fresh, but if you don’t have fresh on hand, substitute for 1/2 tsp dried oregano.
Salt – I almost always use sea salt in my recipes, but you can use whatever salt you have on hand!
Olive Oil – I used extra virgin olive oil, but you can also use avocado oil, or whatever olive oil you have on hand.
Butter – Salted or unsalted butter both work great.
Tools to have on hand for this recipe:
- Saucepan – For cooking the marinara sauce in.
- Cooking Spoon – To stir your sauce while cooking.
- Cutting board – Prepping veggies for the sauce.
- Grater – Prepping veggies for the sauce.
- Measuring Spoons + Cups – To properly measure all of your ingredients.
How do I make Marinara Sauce from scratch?
Add butter and olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add grated veggies to the pan and begin to cook, stirring occasionally until tender.
Next, add minced garlic, salt, oregano, parsley and basil. Cook an additional minute.
Stir in diced tomatoes and simmer on low for about 20-25 minutes. Break tomatoes up with spatula as the tomatoes begin to soften.
Serve with your favorite pastas, pizzas, and more. Enjoy!
Can I make this sauce ahead of time?
Prepare the marinara sauce and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the sauce in a freezer safe container (like these ones) or in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. When you are ready to use the sauce, remove from freezer and let sit out for about 20 minutes. Then, simply reheat sauce on the stove.
Here are some delicious recipes to use with my Marinara Sauce:
Fried Zucchini – “Zucchini Fries” are the perfect appetizer or side dish dipped in your favorite marinara sauce or ranch dressing. This is also a great way to get the kiddos to eat their veggies!
Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches – Made with baked parmesan chicken, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce on toasty bread!
Chicken Parmesan – (Chicken Parmigiana) Crispy breaded baked chicken topped with melted mozzarella cheese. Serve over a bed of pasta with marinara sauce.
Tomato Basil Pizza – Homemade pizza recipe made with fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, fresh basil, garlic, and tomatoes.
- 2 15 oz. canned diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 cup onion grated
- 1/4 cup celery grated
- 1/4 cup carrot grated
- 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped, or 1 tsp dried
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped, or 1 tsp dried
- 1 tsp fresh oregano chopped, or 1/2 tsp dried
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add butter and olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add grated veggies to the pan and begin to cook, stirring occasionally until tender.
- Next, add minced garlic, salt, oregano, parsley and basil. Cook an additional minute.
- Stir in diced tomatoes and simmer on low for about 20-25 minutes. Break tomatoes up with spatula as the tomatoes begin to soften.
- Serve with your favorite pastas, pizzas, and more. Enjoy!
This post was originally published on November 18, 2019 and updated on June 19, 2020.