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Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

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Fresh ingredients for marinara sauce recipe

Prep

5 minutes

Cook

25 minutes

Yield

4 cups

Make this easy, versatile marinara sauce recipe in only 30-minutes.

A good marinara sauce recipe is always good to have in your “recipe box”. Marinara is such a versatile, and simple tomato sauce that can be used in casseroles, can be added with other ingredients to make different sauces, or just used on its own as well. This homemade marinara sauce recipe is easy, and great to have on hand.

Hands holding marinara sauce in a bowl

Why you’ll love this marinara sauce recipe:

  • Quick: You don’t need to spend all day in the kitchen making pasta sauce, this marinara sauce recipe only takes 30-minutes
  • Versatile: Add in your own seasonings like red pepper flakes to make it spicy, and get creative
  • Freezer-Friendly: Make a big batch of this homemade marinara sauce and freeze it to have on hand to pull out when you need it
Fresh ingredients for marinara sauce recipe

Marinara Sauce Ingredients:

Onion & Garlic: These 2 ingredients are always the base for creating a delicious, flavorful pasta sauce. I use white onion, and feel free to adjust to more or less garlic depending how much garlic you like.

Tomatoes: Since it’s summer, fresh tomatoes are always better and more flavorful to use in your homemade marinara sauce. However, if you want, you can also use canned tomatoes instead. They can be more acidic though so you may need to sweeten them up in the pot by adding a touch of sugar. The same goes for fresh basil.

How to make marinara sauce:

  1. Add the unsalted butter, olive oil, shallots, garlic, diced tomatoes, capers, dried oregano, salt, cracked black pepper and red chili flakes to a medium-sized pot over medium high heat.
  2. Allow the ingredients to cook down and combine for 20 – 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer the sauce ingredients to a blender.
  4. Blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Pour the sauce into the large pot with the Spaghettini and mix to combine.
  6. Split apart the burrata cheese and add half of it to the pot, mix to melt the cheese.
  7. Serve this delicious homemade marinara sauce with pasta or on pizza- it will take everything to a whole new level!
Marinara sauce being cooked

Expert Tips & FAQ:

What is marinara sauce? Marinara sauce is a tomato sauce usually made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and onions but everyone puts their own spin on their secret ingredients that make it their own.

Why is it called marinara? It translated to “seafaring” and was given its name because it was the preferred meal of Italy’s merchants during long sea expeditions.

Is marinara sauce the same as spaghetti sauce? Spaghetti sauce is a version of marinara, but it usually contains additional ingredients, like meat or vegetables, where marinara is much more simple.

What is the flavor of marinara sauce? The taste of fresh tomatoes, with a velvety texture and rich kick from the olive oil.

What makes marinara sauce thick? If your marinara sauce is a bit watery, starch (such as corn startch) is what will thicken it up.

Storage: Store the marinara sauce in the fridge for 5 – 6 days.

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Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Make this easy, versatile marinara sauce recipe in only 30-minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course 10 Ingredients or Less
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 cups
Calories 333 kcal

Ingredients
  

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Instructions
 

  • Instructions
  • Add the unsalted butter, olive oil, shallots, garlic, diced tomatoes, dried oregano, salt, cracked black pepper and red chili flakes to a medium-sized pot over medium high heat.
  • Allow the ingredients to cook down and combine for 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Transfer the sauce ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Pour the sauce into the large pot with the Spaghettini and mix to combine.
  • Split apart the burrata cheese and add half of it to the pot, mix to melt the cheese.
  • Serve this delicious marinara sauce with pasta or on pizza- it will take everything to a whole new level!

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Notes

Notes
Swap the unsalted butter for vegan butter or use all olive oil.
Add any of your favorite herbs and spices to the marinara! Even add some heavy cream or plant-based milk to make it extra creamy! YUM!
Store the marinara sauce in the fridge for 5 – 6 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.3g | Protein: 9.5g | Fat: 13.6g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.7g | Cholesterol: 15.3mg | Sodium: 607.9mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 3.1g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Cathie Jenkins

The instructions say add capers but there are no capers mentioned in the ingredients

Maria Koutsogiannis

sorry about that, it’s been edited. no capers!

Ashley

5 stars
This sauce was amazing!! Thank you for the great recipe 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

you’re so welcome!!!

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