Homemade Marinara Sauce doesn’t get any easier! This requires just a handful of ingredients and 20 minutes on the stove for a memorable Italian Marinara. Everyone needs a great pasta sauce in their recipe collection and this one is a keeper.

Homemade marinara sauce in saucepan

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What is Marinara Sauce?

Mariana is the same thing as a pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce. It is a tomato-based sauce made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs. It originated in Italy and is used in many Italian-American dishes like Chicken Parmesan or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Ingredients for Marinara Sauce:

The ingredients are pantry staples that we always keep on hand so it’s easy to whip up. Since the ingredient list is very short, make sure to source the best quality ingredients you can find.

We used extra virgin olive oil for extra flavor and “San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes.” San Marzano is an Italian variety of plum tomato and the gold standard of Italian Marinara.

Ingredients for marinara sauce recipe with crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, oregano and olive oil

Can I Substitute Fresh Tomatoes?

Fresh tomatoes would essentially have to be turned into crushed tomatoes with the added steps of blanching and peeling the tomatoes then simmering them down to the correct consistency which will really increase the time for making homemade marinara.

If you’re looking for a marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes, make sure to check out our Mushroom Mariana Sauce.

Italian Marinara Sauce in pan garnished with fresh basil

How to Make Marinara Sauce:

A saucepan and spatula are all you need to make a homemade marinara sauce that tastes better than any canned version. Watch the Video Tutorial below and you will memorize this recipe in no time.

  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add diced onion and saute until soft (5 minutes), then stir in garlic for 1 minute until fragrant.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper. Simmer partially covered for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in chopped fresh basil and remove from heat.

Step by step tutorial how to make homemade pasta sauce

Watch the Marinara Sauce Video Tutorial:

I hope this Marinara recipe becomes a new favorite go-to recipe for you. P.S. If this video doesn’t load right away, give it a few seconds. You’ll see a faded horizontal image of pasta sauce then click the play button in the center. To view the video, make sure to temporarily pause your ad blockers on your browser.

Our Favorite Ways to Use Pasta Sauce:

This recipe is so versatile. Use it for any recipe that calls for Marinara Sauce.

Homemade Marinara Sauce

5 from 644 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Homemade Marinara Sauce doesn't get any easier! This requires just a handful of ingredients and 20 minutes on the stove for a memorable Italian Marinara.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 3 cups of marinara sauce

Instructions

  • Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add 1/2 cup chopped onion stirring often until soft and golden (about 5 min). Add minced garlic and stir 1 min, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in 28 oz crushed tomatoes, 1/2 tsp oregano,  1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Bring to a light boil then reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 15 minutes.
  • Finally, stir in 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil then turn off the heat.

Nutrition Per Serving

180kcal Calories22g Carbs5g Protein10g Fat1g Saturated Fat738mg Sodium814mg Potassium5g Fiber12g Sugar604IU Vitamin A27mg Vitamin C105mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Marinara Sauce
Amount per Serving
Calories
180
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
738
mg
32
%
Potassium
 
814
mg
23
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
604
IU
12
%
Vitamin C
 
27
mg
33
%
Calcium
 
105
mg
11
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: marinara sauce
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 180
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  • Ang
    June 7, 2024

    This is just what I was looking for – a simple, delicious marinara. Thank you!

    Reply

  • Pablo
    June 4, 2024

    Your my go to recipe source. Awesome and easy to follow instructions! Wondering if I have met the minimum yet?

    Reply

  • Padme
    May 14, 2024

    Would I use this base amount for your lasagna recipe ? Or would I need to double or triple to have enough sauce for the lasagna?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 15, 2024

      The marinara sauce has 3 cups serving size and the lasagna recipe requires 3 cups of marina sauce too so it’s just right.

      Reply

  • Betty J Burn
    May 2, 2024

    I want to triple the sauce but I dont know if I should triple the spices.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 2, 2024

      Hi Betty! Yes, if you triple the recipe, triple all of the ingredients.

      Reply

  • Diane Smith
    May 2, 2024

    Quick and simple when you don’t have fresh roma tomatoes
    I like your recipes

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 2, 2024

      Thank you, Diane!

      Reply

  • Joanne T Hawkins
    April 23, 2024

    I still don’t see the video link for your marinara sauce. I looked under the first picture under ingredients and saw no link.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 24, 2024

      Hi Joanne, do you possible have a video or add blocker enabled? You should see the section titled “What is Marinara Sauce?” Followed by the title: “Ingredients for Marinara Sauce:” and the video is right below that. The video may plan an add at first for a few seconds. You can also find it on my Youtube channel.

      Reply

  • teachermrw
    April 14, 2024

    The sauce was very tasty. It was my first time making homemade sauce, and I appreciated the ease of preparation and clear instructions. I used it for jumbo baked stuffed shells. However, it looked more like 2 cups of sauce, and not three, and I used a 28 oz. can of San Marzano crushed tomatoes. At best, I used a cup of sauce for the shells. To be fair, I didn’t actually measure the quantity of sauce I cooked. I did have some leftover. Next time, I will measure it. 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2024

      Sounds good! I’m happy to know that your first time trying this recipe was a huge success!

      Reply

  • Jessica D
    April 12, 2024

    I don’t have fresh basil. How much dried would you recommend? Tia

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 12, 2024

      Hi Jessica! A general rule of thumb for the dried-to-fresh herb ratio: Use one-third the amount of dried herb for the fresh herb called for in the recipe.

      Reply

  • L covington
    April 10, 2024

    This is a great, easy, QUICK marinara! Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 10, 2024

      You’re very welcome!

      Reply

  • Dee P
    April 8, 2024

    This quick & easy recipe is my GO TO!! make with turkey meatballs & voila!! dinner is served!

    Reply

  • Kathy
    April 6, 2024

    Sounds really good, but I scrolled through 3 X and still could not find the video.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 6, 2024

      Hi Kathy, It’s right after the first recipe photo under the Ingredients for Marinara Sauce section. I hope this helps.

      Reply

  • Anthony Roberts
    April 2, 2024

    Fantastic! My daughter coming to visit and hinted at Chicken Parm. Instead of taking out to a restaurant, I will use your wonderful recipe!!!!!

    Reply

  • Gabby Atfield
    March 28, 2024

    Thank you Natasha! This the BESTT I have tasted and it will be my GO TO from now on!!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Gabby! I’m so glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Jd
    March 21, 2024

    If you don’t have 28 oz crushed tomatoes, only aboutc15 oz. Can you add like tomato paste or sauce

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 21, 2024

      Hi JD, that will likely alter it a bit, but I imagine it may work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

    • Schyler
      March 24, 2024

      I just used 2 cans of the 15 since it’s only 2oz more and the sauce turned out just fine!

      Reply

  • Heather
    March 20, 2024

    Hi, If I don’t have the fresh basil or parsley will it still taste good?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 20, 2024

      Hi Heather. Yes, you can make this with dried herbs too, although, fresh just provides such a great flavor. A general rule of thumb is to use one-third the amount of dried herb for the fresh herb called for in the recipe. I hope you love this marinara sauce!

      Reply

  • Christiana
    March 20, 2024

    The absolute most delicious pasta sauce I’ve ever had. I added herbs and spices but wow. The left overs were even yummier. Don’t even want to go back to the jar! I will absolutely be doing this again.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 20, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Christiana! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. We love making this.

      Reply

  • Linda
    March 16, 2024

    You have some of the best and easiest recipes. I love them. You were doing one I was watching about in cheese sticks . I was called away and didn’t get it. Can you get it again. I love moz cheese sticks. Thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 16, 2024

      Hi Linda! You can use the search bar at the very top of the page to look up any recipe, like my Mozzarella Cheese Sticks recipe here.

      Reply

  • Susan Haverstock
    March 12, 2024

    I keep trying to post a comment but it says I have a duplicate comment. I do not. so trying again…

    can I make the marinara sauce a day ahead? Should I add the fresh basil in if making it ahead?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 13, 2024

      Hi Susan! Yes. To Store Homemade Marinara Sauce: transfer to a sealed jar or Tupperware container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. You can add the basil when you initially make the sauce or add it fresh when you reheat the sauce.

      Reply

  • Susan Haverstock
    March 12, 2024

    can I make the marinara sauce a day ahead? Should I add the fresh basil in if making it ahead?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 12, 2024

      Hi Susan! Yes. To Store Homemade Marinara Sauce: transfer to a sealed jar or Tupperware container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. You can add the basil when you initially make the sauce or add it fresh when you reheat the sauce.

      Reply

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