Homemade marinara sauce is great as a dip, pizza sauce or served over your favorite pasta. This easy, tomato-based sauce is oil-free and only requires 2 main ingredients! It’s so simple it can be simmering on the stove in less than 5 minutes.
Homemade marinara sauce is better than any jarred store brand. With a homemade sauce, you can adjust the seasonings to your liking.
- If you like a spicy marinara add extra pepper for a kick.
- For a garlic marinara, sauté a few garlic cloves before adding the tomato sauce and seasonings to the pot.
- Or add fresh herbs for an Italian-herb marinara sauce.
- Serve it over breaded eggplant for an eggplant parmesan.
This marinara sauce is so easy to make
It’s made with 2 main ingredients––tomato sauce and tomato paste. Mix them together in a saucepan with a few seasonings and simmer on low for 30-45 minutes. Transfer to a jar or serving dish and enjoy!
How can I use this marinara sauce?
Use it as a:
Pasta sauce and mix in cooked lentils, sautéed mushrooms, and/or onions.
- To create a thicker marinara for dipping and pizzas, simmer it down longer.
- For a thinner pasta sauce, double the water and simmer to desired consistency.
- The acidity in canned tomatoes varies, adjust the sweetener accordingly.
- Marinara will last sealed in the fridge for 5-7 days.
Can I freeze this marinara sauce?
The answer is YES! It will last sealed in the freezer for up to 6 months. Just defrost and use as needed.
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- 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 and 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 and 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or 2-3 fresh cloves
- 1-2 teaspoon turbinado sugar, or granulated sugar of choice*
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 3/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- Black pepper to taste
- optional: crushed fennel seed (great for pizzas)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a medium sauce pan.
- Bring to a low simmer then cover. Simmer on low for 30-45 minutes to desired thickness. Stir the marinara often.
- Taste and adjust any seasonings if necessary.
- Serve: over pasta, as a pizza sauce, or as a dip.
- The sugar neutralizes the acid in the tomatoes, adjust as needed.
- Adding crushed fennel seeds turns this recipe into a delicious pizza sauce.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 cups Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 8mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Protein: 0g