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marinara sauce in a white bowl on wooden cutting board

The Best Homemade Marinara Sauce

Sweet, flavorful, versatile, easy to freeze marina sauce that will make you never buy store-bought again!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dips and Sauces, Toddler and Kid Friendly
Cuisine gluten free, Italian
Servings 6 servings


  • ¼ cups olive oil, divided
  • 5 tablespoon minced garlic cloves (about 8 large cloves)
  • 3 cups diced yellow onion
  • 29 oz no salt crushed tomatoes (2 -14.5 oz. cans or about 3.6 cups)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoon water (use to rinse out tomato can)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Sauté onion and garlic in either a large skillet or medium-sized heavy bottom pot with 2 tablespoon olive on medium heat. Cook until translucent (about 5 minutes).
  • Add canned crushed tomatoes, 2 more tablespoon olive oil, spices, water and bring to low simmer (only takes a minute or so). Decrease temperature to low for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let sit to cool slightly.
  • Using blender or immersion blender blend all ingredients until smooth to your liking.


Be careful blending ingredients while hot. If using a blender such as Nutribullet wait until sauce has cooled some before blending.
Keyword homemade marinara sauce, homemade pasta sauce
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