Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Homemade Marinara Sauce in less than 45 minutes!  It’s fast, easy, fresh, and delicious!  I’m in love with these whole food recipes (this is another one from my mom’s group).  They take hardly any prep time, and are SO full of flavor, and you can pronounce every ingredient!

ingredients for marinara sauce


The cool thing is that you probably have most all of these marinara sauce ingredients in your pantry: olive oil, salt, oregano, basil, pepper, garlic, sugar, onion, bay leaf and tomatoes!

garden tomatoes

We planted 8 tomato plants in our garden this year and they all did really well. I have more tomatoes than I know what to do with. I try to share tomatoes with neighbors and friends whenever I can. I made and canned salsa with my tomatoes and I have made and canned marinara sauce. I think I will make some more marinara sauce and freeze it.

making spaghetti sauce

To make your own marinara sauce you quarter your tomatoes and dice your onions and puree them in a blender.

puree tomatoes

When blended the tomato mixture is a pretty pink color. See that stainless steel bar on my counter? That is my secret to getting onion stink off my hands!

making marinara sauce

Pour pureed tomato into stock pan and add the rest of the ingredients: olive oil, oregano, basil, pepper, garlic, sugar, onion, and tomatoes.


Mix the sauce and bring to a low boil. As it heats through it will turn from a pretty pink to a beautiful red. Mix on low for 30-40 minutes if making the 3 cup batch. You will need to warm for 1 hour if you are making 8 quarts. The sauce will thicken and cook down as you heat and stir.


You can make this recipe for one dinner or in bulk to preserve for later. You can can the sauce in a pressure cooker and you can freeze the sauce in freezer bags. To can in a pressure cooker use 12 lbs of pressure for 25 minutes.

I have my eye on this Pressure Canner from Presto. It is only $80 and has a 5 star rating with over 1,000 reviews! When I canned my sauce my neighbor came over and helped me use her pressure cooker. So I need one for myself. She told me that this one is the best and that it is a good deal. I just had my birthday so I might just have to buy it and put it away for Christmas. Although I am not sure I can wait that long. I had so much fun canning this season that I might want to can a few more things before the season is over.


 Easy Ideas

  • Add a pint of heavy cream and 2 cups Parmesan cheese for a heavenly Tomato Basil Soup!
  • Or serve over 2 heads cauliflower (just the florets) brushed in Olive Oil, tossed in salt and pepper and Roasted for 15 minutes at 400 degrees!

Heuck 36003 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set

Heuck 36003 4 Piece Stainless Steel Stock Pot Set

To make a big batch of sauce you do need a large stock pot.


Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce in less than 45 minutes!  It's fast, easy, fresh, and delicious!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 8
Adjust Servings: 8


  • 106 ounce large can of crushed tomatoes from Costco it costs $2.65!
  • 1 head of garlic minced or put through a garlic press (yep, the WHOLE head)
  • 1 large yellow or red onion chopped
  • 25 fresh basil leaves julienne or chopped (or 3 TBSP Dried)
  • Crushed Red Pepper to taste (powder, not flakes)
  • 2 tsp Salt optional
  • 2-3 TBSP Olive Oil


  • Saute onions and garlic in olive oil
  • Add cooked onions and garlic to tomatoes in stock pot
  • Add basil, salt and red pepper
  • Simmer on low heat for 30 to 40 min
  • Allow it to cool and divide into freezer bags
  • Note:
  • Crush dried basil by rubbing it between the palms of your hand to release oils in it.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1078mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 17g

Meal Type: Sauces, Spreads, and Dressings
Categories: Soups and Chilis, Canning & Preserving, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal

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