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Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe – This homemade marinara sauce recipe is made with classic, fresh ingredients, and is so simple to prepare!

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe - This homemade marinara sauce recipe is made with classic, fresh ingredients, and is so simple to prepare! // addapinch.com

This marinara sauce is one of those recipes that I turn to again and again. I adore a good homemade marinara sauce, but have to be honest. I don’t want to have to cook it for hours for it to taste just right.

I like simple and quick recipes so I can start supper as we’re finishing up from our busy day of school and all of the other activities and still have a hot, delicious supper on the table.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe - This homemade marinara sauce recipe is made with classic, fresh ingredients, and is so simple to prepare! // addapinch.com

I know I could plan way in advance and make the long-cooking marinara sauce, but that’s just not how I roll most days.

So, if it’s not how you roll either, then this marinara sauce is perfect for you, too!

It can be our little secret.

As a matter of fact, you might want to get enough ingredients to double this recipe! I like to keep a jar or two of it in my refrigerator we love it so much!

I prefer my marinara sauce to still have bits of tomato in it, but if you prefer a smoother marinara sauce, you can simply blend with your immersion blender until it reaches the consistency you prefer, it usually only takes a minute or two. If you don’t have an immersion blender, a standard blender or food processor will also do the trick!

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe - This homemade marinara sauce recipe is made with classic, fresh ingredients, and is so simple to prepare! // addapinch.com

Here’s how I make my marinara sauce recipe.

4.67 from 3 votes

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Sauces 30 mins

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe - This homemade marinara sauce recipe is made with classic, fresh ingredients, and is so simple to prepare! // addapinch.com
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 4
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
This homemade marinara sauce recipe is made with classic, fresh ingredients, and is so simple to prepare!

Ingredients  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 (32-ounce can) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep for about 1 week.

Notes

If you prefer a smooth marinara sauce, simply blend until it reaches the consistency you prefer. You can use an immersion blender, standard blender or even a food processor.
Makes 2 cups. 
Nutrition information is for ½ cup serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe - This homemade marinara sauce recipe is made with classic, fresh ingredients, and is so simple to prepare! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2012.

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  1. Looks good and ever so simple.. I will be printing this recipe and making for my husband and me. If family comes around they can have some….maybe.. ha ha thank you for the recipe.. Sue

    1. I sure hope you enjoy it, Sue! And if you decide to share it with your family (ha ha) I hope they love it too!
      Thanks so much! xo

    1. Hi Susan,
      I use a calorie counting application or website when I need to figure nutritional numbers. I like the My Fitness Pal application – there are many others like it – as I can input the information from the exact ingredients I use and my portion sizes. I hope this helps!
      The marinara is delicious – Thanks!

  2. I made this recipe this week, it tasted great! The kiddos loved it & so did I. I had everything on hand.  I think the little description before the recipe should say “made with pantry staples” instead of “fresh ingredients”, since canned tomatoes are used, small detail, having nothing to do with the delicious recipe, though. 

  3. I keep a jar/bowl of this in my refrigerator at all times. Sometimes I use canned crushed tomatoes as called for other times I use canned whole plum tomatoes broken up with a spoon. I generally add a healthly pinch of red pepper flakes and a some garlic powder and onion powder and sometimes a squeeze of tomato paste. From this basic marinara sauce I can be “on the ready” for almost anything red-saucy that my 13 yr old son is in the mood for with the addition of a few ingredients – quick french bread/regular pizzas, pasta with meat sauce, sloppy joes, tortellini with tomato cream sauce, homemade hamburger helper and so much more. With the COVID pandemic I have also found that keeping basic browned ground beef with onions & garlic in the refrigerator and basic breaded chicken cutlets such as in the chicken parm in the freezer help also. Love your recipes Robyn. Thank you!
    PS: I also keep a jar of your Buffalo Sauce and Enchilada Sauce in the refrigerator!

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