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Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce (VIDEO)

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 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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.
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$6
Keyword: marinara sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Sauce
Calories: 180 kcal
Servings: 3 cups of marinara sauce



  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. Finally, stir in 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil then turn off the heat.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Marinara Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 738mg32%
Potassium 814mg23%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 604IU12%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Yulanda
    March 3, 2020

    Yum! Can’t wait to try so I no longer have to buy it! It must taste delicious!!!

    Also, for those seeking for a more cleaner and healthier alternative to the ones you like in amazon – the ingredients are not what I like And they are from USA after doing research on them. However, Trader Joe’s sells San Marazano and they are delicious!!!! Only ingredients are: San Mariano whole peeked tonatoes, San Marzano purée, salt. And basil leaf!!! So it already has the basil leaf, although adding fresh would be yummy also! These tomatoes are also from Italy! Pretty sweet how Trader Joe’s carries them!

    Thanks for the awesome recipe, you rock! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 4, 2020

      Nice suggestions – thank you for sharing some tips with us and for your great review! Reply

  • Darlene Cormier
    March 3, 2020

    I made your recipe for Chicken Parmesan and it was fantastic! I made the Marinara sauce too! I loved it as well! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 3, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Tara Niewender
    February 29, 2020

    This looks incredible, but I would love to triple the recipe so I have extras, is that possible or do I need to cut down on garlic, onions or oil? I don’t want it to become too greasy. Thanks in advance  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 29, 2020

      Hi Tara, that should work, I’d love to know how this turns out if he experiments. Reply

  • Stephanie
    February 28, 2020

    So good! I just love how much fresher this sauces tastes compared to the stuff we normally use. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2020

      It is one of our favorites also. Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback with us. Reply

  • Carrie Robinson
    February 28, 2020

    Homemade pasta sauce is the best! This looks amazing. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      February 28, 2020

      Thank you so much, Carrie! It really is so tasty and I think most people are surprised at how easy it is. Reply

  • Lisalia
    February 28, 2020

    YUM love this classic and simple sauce. I ate it over pasta at dinner. Then had leftover sauce for dipping the next day. So versatile. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Lisalia! Reply

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