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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 9 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 kcal
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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  • 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!

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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!

      Reply

  • 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!

      Reply

      • 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.

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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!

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

      • 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.

      Reply

  • 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!

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

      • 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!

      Reply

      • 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.

          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!

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    • 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

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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.

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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.

      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.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2020

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

      Reply

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