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Pot of Marinara Sauce with a Bunch of Basil on the Side
Marinara Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Homemade marinara sauce is easier than you think! Made with juicy tomatoes, red wine, garlic, and herbs — once you try this recipe you'll never buy the jarred stuff again.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta sauce recipe, tomato sauce
Servings: 12
Calories: 64 kcal
Author: Alissa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 (14 ounce or 400 ml) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (14 ounce or 400 ml) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon organic granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with the oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. When the oil is hot, add the onion and cook it for about 5 minutes, until soft and translucent.

  3. Add the garlic and continue to cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  4. Add the wine and bring it to a simmer. Lower the heat and allow the wine to simmer for about 5 minutes, until reduced by about half.

  5. Stir in the tomatoes, sugar, oregano and red pepper flakes. Raise the heat and bring the sauce to a simmer.

  6. Lower the heat and allow the sauce to cook at a low simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reaches your desired level of thickness.

  7. Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Marinara Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.4g4%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 8.2g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4.8g5%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.