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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

4.98 from 139 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 NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$6
Keyword: marinara sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Sauce
Calories: 180
Servings: 3 cups of marinara sauce

Ingredients

Instructions

  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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  • Heidi
    May 11, 2022

    This is my go to marinara sauce! It’s quick, simple AND delicious! I serve over zucchini noodles for me and pasta for the rest of the family!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 11, 2022

      Sounds great and I’m glad that this is your go-to recipe!

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  • Yana
    May 11, 2022

    Today my dinner required marinara sauce but then I realized I was all out of my favorite Raos (I do have to admit it’s one of the best jarred marinara sauce out there) I remembered that you have a very simple and easy recipe and proceeded making it, it came out so delicious. I’ve added a good splash of white wine, extra garlic, extra fresh basil and a mountain of Parmesan cheese when serving. So much flavor and the texture was spot on. Thank you Natasha.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 11, 2022

      Love it, thanks for sharing that with us. Good to know that you loved this recipe!

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  • Bobby
    May 8, 2022

    This was very easy and very good first time i made marinara .just put over some pasta and my wife and I loved it will make it agin when i make chicken parm.This is a winner

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 8, 2022

      Hello Bobby, good to hear that you both enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Katy
    April 22, 2022

    I loved this recipe when I first made it and it is wayy better than any canned marinara sauce but now I need to use this for a soup so approximately how many ounces is the marinara sauce?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 22, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Katy! This recipe makes 3 cups of marinara sauce which is equivalent to 24 ounces.

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  • Shivanshi Pandey
    April 15, 2022

    This is your 3rd recipe I have tried. I tried your Pita, Mascarpone cheesecake and now this sauce.
    Excellent results in all three cases. I love your videos. and this is the first time I am commenting on a cooking website.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 15, 2022

      Wow! Thank you for your wonderful review, Shivanshi! I hope you get to try more recipes soon!

      Reply

  • Shelly
    April 6, 2022

    Natasha, If I’m using fresh tomatoes would I use the same amount as I would using canned crushed tomatoes?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 6, 2022

      Hi Shelley, reference the recipe notes for tips on “Can I Substitute Fresh Tomatoes?”

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  • Lisa Dronca
    March 20, 2022

    My hubby dislikes basil, can I get away with dried basil?, if so how much do you think??. 🙂

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 21, 2022

      Hi Lisa, that would be fine. You can add it to taste, per your preference. Usually when using a dry herb versus fresh, you’ll need to add more.

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      • Lisa
        March 23, 2022

        This sauce was the most delicious easy sauce to make at home. I used the tomatoes you suggested and it came out a little extra chunky. Do you emulsify yours at all?. Yours looks a little smoother.

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          March 24, 2022

          Hi Lisa, I do not. Have not needed to do so. You can if you’d like it thinner.

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    • Angela
      March 23, 2022

      Lisa, you can also skip the basil altogether and just use dried oregano instead.

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  • Joe
    February 27, 2022

    Followed everything except I didn’t have fresh basil so used dry. It was my first time making marinara sauce but it came out delicious! I’ll never have Sunday marinara from a jar again thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2022

      You’re welcome. Homemade is so much better and I’m glad you think so too!

      Reply

  • Liz Strickland
    February 17, 2022

    Made this today and it was delish. I made meatballs with it. Serving it with Angle hair pasta .

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 17, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Liz!

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      • LuAnn
        February 18, 2022

        This recipe looks delicious. My question is. Is marinara sauce a thick or thin sauce? Which is your recipe? If thin. Can it be thickened? Thanks

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          February 19, 2022

          It is not too thick but it’s not super runny either. If you end up making it and it is not the consistency you’re looking for, you can thicken it with flour or cornstarch.

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          • Christine Olsen
            February 28, 2022

            You really should just thicken by simmering over low heat with no lid on it.

  • Joan K
    February 8, 2022

    Is there a way to cut the recipe in half because my husband would be the only one eating it? The recipe is to much for 1 person?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 8, 2022

      Hi Joan! You can halve the recipe! I recommend clicking” Jump to recipe” at the top of the post. It will take you to our printable recipe, where you’ll have the option to change the number of servings. Hover over the number of servings highlighted in red and slide it to how many servings you would like to make. I hope that helps!

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  • Ellie
    February 2, 2022

    I loved this! I used your recipe for marinara sauce and it made everything absolutely perfect!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 2, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Ellie!

      Reply

  • Linn Adams
    February 1, 2022

    Natasha,
    I made your Marinara recipe tonight..it was the best I’ve made in a long time. From now on this is my go to recipe. Baked, crispy, Eggplant parmesan tomorrow with left over marinara. I’ve made many of your recipes and have never been disappointed with the results.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 1, 2022

      That’s good news, Linn. Thank you for the review and I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try.

      Reply

  • Fred Farmer
    January 20, 2022

    This sounds great! For added flavor, chop up 1 carrot and 1 celery stalk ad well. You can add it at the same time you put your onions in the pan.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 20, 2022

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Fred.

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  • Susanna
    January 16, 2022

    Natasha, this was the first time I made Marinara sauce and this recipe is absolutely delicious. This will be my go to recipe.
    By the way, cooking through your recipes, I’m learning how to cook. Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2022

      Yay, great to hear that you loved this sauce. Thanks for your good comments and feedback, Susanna!

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  • Nancy
    January 15, 2022

    This Marinara sauce is so easy and delicious. I made this for my brother-in-law who said he never orders Marinara in a restaurant because it’s too bland. He loved this recipe. I’ve made it a couple times now, and added some meatballs to it. Love it!

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    • Nancy
      January 15, 2022

      Oops, I meant to give this rating 5 Stars… Not sure why only 4 are showing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Lorretta
    January 8, 2022

    This was amazing we had it with the chicken Parmesan and what fan we are now! Use the sauce with the meatballs on a sub and that was amazing. Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 8, 2022

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Lorretta!

      Reply

  • Barbara
    January 6, 2022

    Where does that much sodium come from? Is it in the canned tomatoes? Thanks.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 6, 2022

      Hi Barbara, there’s 1/2 tsp sea salt in the recipe

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  • Angela
    December 7, 2021

    This sauce is excellent! I added in 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and skipped the fresh. It was a hit with the family! Yum! So simple and delicious, thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 8, 2021

      Thanks for the awesome review, Angela. Glad you loved it!

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  • Dave
    November 26, 2021

    Thank you for this recipe. I love making my own sauce and having the option of adjusting flavors rather than being a slave to jarred sauce. Keep it up!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      Thank you, Dave!

      Reply

  • Pam
    November 21, 2021

    It saws 3 cups total, 180 calories per serving, but what is the number of servings.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 21, 2021

      Hi Pam, servings: 3 cups of marinara sauce

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      • Judy
        December 17, 2021

        I too was wondering how many servings. How much sauce is in each serving. I’m guessing 1/2 or 1/4 cup per serving?

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        • Ken Vadnais
          January 6, 2022

          Hey Judy,
          I think she’s saying it makes 3×1 cup servings.
          So, 1 Serving = 1 cup = 180cal?

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          • Natasha
            January 6, 2022

            Hi Ken, you are correct. The nutrition label is per cup of marinara. It really depends on how it’s served. If you do 1/4 cup per serving, you would divide the nutrition label by 4.

  • Carolann Porterfield
    October 18, 2021

    Natasha
    I love this recipe!! So thank you.
    I do have a question-could I put the jars in a canner to preserve them in my cold room so they will last longer?
    Thanks
    Carolann

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 18, 2021

      Hi Carolann, I haven’t tried canning this. To Store Homemade Marinara Sauce: transfer to a sealed jar or Tupperware container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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  • Ronda
    September 11, 2021

    Natasha I made the Baled Ziti tonight for dinner and it was delicious! Thanks for another great recipe 💕

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Ronda!

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  • Jane
    August 17, 2021

    Thank you Natasha for this great recipe it was so tasty, all plates were cleared even by my husband who says he doesn’t like pasta ,haha .I shall make another batch to keep in the freezer.I do love your recipes and videos and look forward to trying more .Thank you so much .

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 17, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Jane!

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    • Eric
      August 23, 2021

      I’m cooking for just me and my son, and I’m on keto so I’d just use the sauce as a ‘treat’ on the meatballs. So being able to make a batch and freeze a decent portion for later use would be handy. What kind of container would I put this in so as to freeze it?
      Thanks,
      Eric

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        August 23, 2021

        Hi Eric, To Store Homemade Marinara Sauce: transfer to a sealed jar or Tupperware container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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  • Tammy
    August 6, 2021

    This recipe would have to be doubled to make your baked ziti recipe, correct?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2021

      Hi Tammy! That’s right! It would help if you made a bit more since the bakes ziti calls for more. I hope you love this recipe.

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  • Linda Schanberger
    August 3, 2021

    Hi there! I just love your recipes! Can this marinara sauce be made ahead of time? Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 3, 2021

      Hello Linda, good to know that you’re enjoying my recipes. To Store Homemade Marinara Sauce: transfer to a sealed jar or Tupperware container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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  • Andrew
    July 14, 2021

    There is beauty in simplicity. I made this and I will never use store bought again. It was the best I ever tasted. I will cop to adding a can of rotelle and a few ounces of tomato paste.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 14, 2021

      That’s fantastic feedback, Andrew. Thank you for your review and totally agree, this is way better than storebought!

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  • Aimee
    July 11, 2021

    Never buying store bought again… ever. So delicious, so easy. I added some fresh basil from our plant and it was AH-amazing!! Thank you for ANOTHER staple recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 11, 2021

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad you loved it and I also prefer homemade always.

      Reply

  • Ananya
    July 4, 2021

    I wanted to make pizza, and there was no pizza sauce left… then I saw this simple recipe! Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 4, 2021

      You’re welcome! Glad you liked it.

      Reply

  • DENISE AVERILL
    June 27, 2021

    I had an important meal to plan for my past Co workers there would be 6 of us. We worked together for 20 yrs. So this was important to me. I was browsing and came across this Recipe – I had made this meal 100 times years ago but my chicken was always dry. This recipe was amazing so juicy and easy to pre prepare. I made extra chicken – for my Thurs Guests coming and it was a hit again .

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 27, 2021

      That is nice! I’m glad the recipe was a hit. I hope you and your guests will enjoy every recipe that you will try.

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  • Paula Hague
    June 11, 2021

    Just finshed baked ziti for first time. Waitng for family comments . I sur think it’s a winner !

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2021

      I hope they all enjoy it, Paula!

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  • Lj
    April 23, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I love your cooking videos. You make great food recipes. And you are so beautiful and funny. Wish you the best. Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 23, 2021

      You’re so nice! Thank you for that wonderful compliment!

      Reply

  • Deb
    April 14, 2021

    Can I use this recipe for canning

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 14, 2021

      Hi Deb, I haven’t tried canning this. To Store Homemade Marinara Sauce: transfer to a sealed jar or Tupperware container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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  • Rebecca Starnes
    April 12, 2021

    This marinara is SO SO easy but it is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing you recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 12, 2021

      You’re welcome, Rebecca! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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  • Tasha
    March 25, 2021

    I made this for lunch and added spicy Italian sausage to the sauce. My kiddos loved it!! No more stored bought marinara sauce.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 25, 2021

      Awesome! Homemade is always a better option so I’m happy that you and your family liked it!

      Reply

  • Connie
    March 11, 2021

    It’s so refreshing to NOT see sugar as one of the ingredients in your recipe for the Marinara sauce!
    It is also possible to find crushed tomatoes that don’t have sugar added. It really changes the flavor (to me) if sugar is added to the tomatoes or the sauce. Made me really happy to NOT see sugar added. A GLORIOUS Marinara sauce! Bless you and yours, Natasha🥰

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 12, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m happy you enjoyed this recipe, Connie!

      Reply

  • Donna
    March 5, 2021

    My husband is allergic to white onions may I substitute shallots in this recipe?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 5, 2021

      Hi Donna, I haven’t tried that yet but I imagine that will work too. Please share with us how it goes if you do an experiment.

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  • Joe Weegie
    March 4, 2021

    I printed recipe for “6” cups and got very confused, until I realized the quantities in INGREDIENTS increased accordingly, but values in instructions did not.

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    • Natasha
      March 5, 2021

      Hi Joe, that is correct, only the list of instructions adjust, but the recipe instructions portion is not advanced enough to adjust. I wish that technology was available but as of right now, our recipe card does not have that option.

      Reply

  • Rachel
    February 14, 2021

    I made this and it was so delicious with your Parmesan chicken!
    So I went to buy crushed tomatoes again and the shopper accidentally gave me fire roasted crushed tomatoes. Do you think that would taste ok or should I go get regular crushed? Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2021

      Hi Rachel, I honestly haven’t tried that yet to advise how it would taste like. If you do an experiment, please share with us too how it goes.

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  • Sylvia Casci
    January 28, 2021

    Dear Natasha
    I am making the stuffed shells and your marinara sauce for my family dinner tonight. I am so grateful for your recipes and your videos.
    You take the fear out of trying something new. All your recipes give me courage to try something new as I now hope to be a good cook. Love Sylvia

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2021

      Hi Sylvia, sounds like a great plan for dinner! I hope your family will enjoy this recipe. Thank you too for your appreciation and kind words. it is so inspiring!

      Reply

  • Jeff McLeod
    January 27, 2021

    This was very easy and delicious. Made along with the baked ziti recipe. Best ever!
    The recipe only yields 3 cups, the ziti recipe calls for 5 cups of sauce. Should double the sauce next time?
    Thanks,

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2021

      Hi Jeff, yes that would be correct!

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  • Lorraine Vasquez
    January 25, 2021

    I made your baked ziti recipe with this sauce, and it was an absolute HIT. I used hot Italian sausage in place of the ground beef. It was a 10/10 for my family.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 25, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

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  • Sonya
    January 18, 2021

    The marinara is so easy, so quick, and totally YUMMY !! Much better than any jarred marinara. It’s twice as good the next day after flavors have a chance to meld.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2021

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

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  • Kristen
    January 15, 2021

    Can’t wait to try this! I love all of your recipes. Just curious, what brand are those blue pots that you’re using in the cooking video for the marinara sauce? TIA!

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  • Jill
    January 10, 2021

    So very good. I’ve been looking for a delicious not too complicated marinara sauce. This is a huge Winner!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2021

      I’m so glad you liked this recipe, Jill. Thanks for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Joseph
    January 4, 2021

    hello just a tip dry herbs should be rubbed between palms of yer hands and added while onion is sautéing so they release their stored oils with fragrance and taste. then add tomato. and deff. the bread shown ,if crushed tomato not available get whole ones more available and just toss in a blender “Good Eating “

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    • Joseph
      January 4, 2021

      BRAND shown is da best

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 4, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Joseph!

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  • David kent
    December 29, 2020

    Hi Natasha,
    Can you make extra marinara and store it. If so, whats a good procedure of storing it correctly. Thanks,
    David Kent
    Ps. The baked ziti was a hit. Thank you. My family loved it.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 30, 2020

      Thanks for your good comments, David. To Store Homemade Marinara Sauce: transfer to a sealed jar or Tupperware container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months.

      Reply

  • William
    November 14, 2020

    Next time, try using San Marzano tomatoes, hand crushed. This tomato comes in it’s own thick sauce. They also work very well in other pasta dishes over regular canned tomatoes. My opinion, but try it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

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  • Janet
    November 3, 2020

    Can I use whole tomatoes to make the sauce?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 3, 2020

      Hi Janet, in my experience, crushed tomatoes have a little less juice content than whole tomatoes. It’s perfectly ok to crush them yourself but I would drain off and reserve some of the liquid in the can and then add it if needed.

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  • Janet
    November 3, 2020

    I have cans of whole tomatoes, if I crush them myself would it work just as well? Seems a silly question but…..

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    • Natasha
      November 3, 2020

      Hi Janet, in my experience, crushed tomatoes have a little less juice content than whole tomatoes. It’s perfectly ok to crush them yourself but I would drain off and reserve some of the liquid in the can and then add it if needed.

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  • Nicole McCready
    October 31, 2020

    Hi Natasha!
    I haven’t tried the recipe yet but, I wanted to ask if you can use it for pizza sauce?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 1, 2020

      Hello Nicole, I haven’t tried that yet to advise. I have a pizza sauce recipe here too that you might want to check

      Reply

  • Elizabeth G
    October 25, 2020

    I just made your marinara sauce. It’s really good! I’ve been looking for a really good marinara sauce. I tried Lidia Bastianich’s recipe and yours. Yours is by far better. 😃

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2020

      yay, you loved it! Thank you for your amazing feedback, Elizabeth.

      Reply

  • Rosemary Davidson
    October 14, 2020

    What is the best way to reheat as we only ate 1/2 last night?

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    • Natasha
      October 14, 2020

      Hi like to reheat on the stovetop in a saucepan. You can also refrigerate and keep it for several days before reheating it.

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  • Patricia
    October 13, 2020

    Just made the marinara sauce and it’s so good. I’m going to make the baked ziti and wanted to make everything from scratch. Harvesting the last of my basil to use with it and it smells wonderful. Thank you for another great recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 13, 2020

      Wonderful feedback, thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed the marinara sauce and I hope you will enjoy the baked ziti too, Patricia.

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    • Kim
      November 7, 2020

      Can you use dried basil? If so, how much? Ty!

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      • Tina
        January 31, 2021

        I would like to know this too.

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  • Linda Kemp Adney
    October 10, 2020

    Just cooked the Meat Sauce and the Marinara and it was/is amazing…No more jar marinara’s… Love your videos and your recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 11, 2020

      I’m so happy to hear that, Linda! Homemade definitely rocks!

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      • Patti Hall
        October 18, 2020

        I just made your Zita and it was delicious! We are having leftovers today but I need more marinara sauce. I was going to make your homemade recipe but I only have a can of petite diced tomatoes. Can I substitute them for crushed tomatoes?

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          October 18, 2020

          Hello Patti, I haven’t tried that yet but I imagine that should work well too. Please let us know how it goes if you try it!

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  • Shirley Ga
    October 6, 2020

    I made your Chicken Parmesan and we loved it. Just wondering if you Alfredo sauce recipe I could use instead. My daughters stomach can’t take the acid from the tomatoes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 7, 2020

      Hi Shirley, I haven’t tried that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us if you liked that version.

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  • luz herrera
    October 1, 2020

    love all your recipes. been constantly following your vlogs. thank you for sharing your mouth watering recipes. my children always look forward to what am going to cook!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 1, 2020

      You are most welcome and thank you so much for always watching my videos. I hope you enjoy all the recipes that you try!

      Reply

  • Tammy
    September 30, 2020

    The sauce do I need to double it for the Sita recipe

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 30, 2020

      You mean for the baked ziti? Yes that’s about right since the marinara sauce makes 3 cups of sauce.

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  • Paola A.
    September 30, 2020

    Should I double the recipe for the marinara sauce to make your baked ziti? Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 30, 2020

      Hello Paola, yes that’s about right since the marinara sauce makes 3 cups of sauce.

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  • Natasha Nalley
    September 28, 2020

    I started watching your videos because we have the same first name. My mother is from Poland and my father was from Germany. You’re a much better cook then I am. I love your down to earth recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 28, 2020

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

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  • Ben Australia
    September 27, 2020

    It’s funny you call it Marinara Sauce, when it has no seafood in it. Pasta Marinara would have seafood in it in a restaurant.

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    • Marianne H
      September 30, 2020

      “In Italy, alla marinara refers to a sauce made with tomatoes, basil, and oregano, but also sometimes olives, capers and salted anchovies; it is used for spaghetti and vermicelli, but also with meat or fish.This is not to be confused with spaghetti marinara, a popular dish in Australia, New Zealand, Spain and South Africa, in which a tomato-based sauce is mixed with fresh seafood. In Italy, a pasta sauce including seafood is more commonly called alla pescatora.”

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  • Brittani Smith Rios
    September 25, 2020

    Can I use a can of tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes? My hubs HATES when there are tomato pieces in sauce lol.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 25, 2020

      Hi Brittani, using a puree will make it taste and seem more like a tomato sauce than a marinara. I highly recommend crushed tomatoes.

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  • Victoria
    August 14, 2020

    Hello! On the nutritional facts – how much is one serving per person?

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    • Natasha
      August 17, 2020

      Hi Victoria, this makes 3 cups of marinara and the nutrition label is per cup of marinara which is probably way more than one serving, and the per-person serving really depends on what you are using the sauce for.

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  • Julie
    August 3, 2020

    Hi Natasha,
    Can i use tomato puree instead of crushed tomatoes?

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    • Natasha
      August 3, 2020

      Hi Julie, using a puree will make it taste and seem more like a tomato sauce than a marinara. I highly recommend crushed tomatoes.

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  • Sarah Berman
    July 21, 2020

    How long can this be simmered to develop more flavor? Up to a few hours?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 21, 2020

      You can simmer it partially covered for about 15 minutes

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  • Jo-Anne Kudzia
    July 13, 2020

    Are those pots from cruet? Love to buy some.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2020

      Hi Jo-Anne, I responded to your previous comment but I’ll had here that yes, some of our pots are from Le Creuset.

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      • Mary
        September 2, 2020

        Is it ok to use dried basil instead of fresh? Thank you!

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          September 2, 2020

          Hello Mary, we prefer fresh but dried will also work

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  • Jo-Anne Kudzia
    July 13, 2020

    Made it, loved it. But would like to know where you bought those great pots you were using, the blue ones.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2020

      Hi Jo-Anne, you can find all our favorite pots and tools in our Blog Shop HERE or our Amazon Shop HERE. I hope you find what you are looking for.

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  • Megan Murphree
    June 30, 2020

    I love watching your cooking videos! I love how excited you get to eat your food. I am like that, too. I love to eat. Haha. Anyway, I am excited to try this pasta sauce and make lasagna! Oh, if you have any recipes for zucchini, please let me know or post some videos. I love zucchini, and we have a lot of it growing in our garden!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2020

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying our videos! We have a few Zucchini Recipes Here, I hope you give these a try soon!

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  • Alisa
    June 25, 2020

    Would like to know if this recipe for fresh marinara sauce can be canned for later use?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2020

      Hi Alisa, I haven’t tried canning this. To Store Homemade Marinara Sauce: transfer to a sealed jar or Tupperware container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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  • hyba
    May 9, 2020

    Hello natasha i love all your videos and recipe i always do them but i have question i want to do this one but do you know if i can use fresh tomatoes instead please ??

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2020

      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.

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      • hyba
        May 15, 2020

        Okay , thank you

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  • Laney
    May 7, 2020

    Question, do you have to puree after the cookin?

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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!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 4, 2020

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

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      • Mona
        April 25, 2020

        I’ll be making this today for our spaghetti dinner. But wanted to know how long can I store leftover sauce? And freezer or fridge only?
        We make spaghetti every 2 weeks or so

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        • Natasha
          April 25, 2020

          Hi Mona, To Store Homemade Marinara Sauce: transfer to a sealed jar or Tupperware container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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  • 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!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 3, 2020

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

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  • 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

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 29, 2020

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

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  • Stephanie
    February 28, 2020

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

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2020

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

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  • Carrie Robinson
    February 28, 2020

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

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    • 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.

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  • 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.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2020

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

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