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Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce is a classic Italian tomato sauce that is loved for its simplicity and versatility. This vibrant and flavorful sauce is made with a base of ripe tomatoes, garlic, onions, and a blend of aromatic herbs and spices. Whether used as a dipping sauce, poured over pasta, or as a base for other Italian dishes, marinara sauce adds a burst of freshness and depth of flavor to any meal.
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Marinara sauce is a staple in Italian cuisine and serves as the foundation for many delicious dishes.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (400 grams) crushed tomatoes
1 can (400 grams) diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh basil leaves, chopped, for garnish (optional)
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 10 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 40 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.


Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pan. Sauté until the onion is soft and translucent, and the garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes.


Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste to the saucepan. Stir to combine.


Add the dried basil, dried oregano, dried thyme, sugar, salt, and pepper to the saucepan. Mix well.


Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the saucepan and let the sauce gently simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed. If desired, you can add more herbs or spices according to your preference.


If you prefer a smoother consistency, you can use an immersion blender or transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.


Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the marinara sauce cool slightly.


Serve the marinara sauce as desired. It can be used immediately or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The flavors will develop further if you allow the sauce to sit for a few hours or overnight.


If desired, garnish the marinara sauce with fresh chopped basil leaves before serving.

Tips for this recipe

To enhance the flavor of your marinara sauce, you can add a splash of red wine during the simmering process or incorporate other fresh herbs such as parsley or rosemary.

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