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Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Vibrant red, chunky, tomatoey goodness homemade and ready to smother your favorite pasta or pizza dishes. This homemade marinara sauce recipe is super simple and will easily outshine its store bought competitors.

Vine ripened tomatoes are plentiful in the summer months, but if you live in a region that is not blessed with these summertime finds you can easily make this recipe with canned tomatoes. If using fresh tomatoes be sure to remove the skin first.

close up on jar of marinara sauce

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What is marinara sauce?

Popular in Italian cooking, marinara sauce is a sauce blend of tomatoes, onions, and herbs served with pasta.

What is in marinara sauce?

ingredients for marinara sauce

This simple recipe uses

  • Olive oil
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • chicken broth
  • crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oregano
  • Basil

What’s the best pan to cook it in?

I find using a skillet works well. This will help the liquids evaporate quickly and thicken up the sauce. NY Times Cooking featured The folks at Wirecutter and their skillet testing results. Check out this review on the best skillet.

marinara sauce in pan

How to store it?

Marinara sauce stores best in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I like to use a mason jar. You can can the sauce in a mason jar for a longer shelf life or simply pour the sauce in the jar, close the lid, and store in the fridge.

Can you freeze marinara sauce?

Yes. It will last up to 6 months in the freezer when properly frozen.

top view in to jar of red sauce

What can I use this sauce on?

Traditionally marinara sauce is served with pasta, however you can also use on your favorite pizza dishes, as a dipping sauce, soups, ratatouille.

top down view of cooking red sauce

How to make marinara sauce?

Heat a skillet on medium high. Add olive oil, onions, and garlic to pan and saute until about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Pour in chicken broth and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes, Add oregano and basil and simmer another 10 minutes. Serve warm over your favorite pasta/pizza dish. You can run the sauce through a food processor or blender if you prefer a less chunky sauce.

top view in to jar of marinara sauce

Marinara Sauce

Yield: 3.5 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Vibrant red, chunky, tomatoey goodness homemade and ready to smother your favorite pasta or pizza dishes. This marinara sauce is super simple and will outshine its store bought competitors.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Instructions

    1. Heat a skillet on medium high.
    2. Add olive oil, onions, and garlic to pan and saute until about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
    3. Pour in chicken broth, stir, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
    4. Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper stir and simmer for 10 minutes
    5. Add oregano and basil, stir, and simmer another 10 minutes.

Notes

Serve warm over your favorite pasta/pizza dish.

You can run the sauce through a food processor or blender if you prefer a less chunky sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 29Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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By on August 13th, 2019

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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