Mixing Marinara Sauce and Spaghetti with tongs.
Marinara Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Make this easy, delicious Marinara Sauce tonight ... it's perfect with pasta, used as a dipping sauce, and more!

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: homemade marinara sauce, marinara, marinara recipe, marinara sauce, marinara sauce recipe
Servings: 8 people (about 4 1/2 cups sauce)
Calories: 62 kcal
Author: Ginnie
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole, peeled tomatoes (preferably San Marzanos)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large sprig basil (plus additional for serving, if desired)
  1. Place tomatoes in a large bowl and crush with your hands. Add 1 cup water to the tomato can, then swirl to remove tomato juice from the sides. Set aside.

  2. Combine olive oil, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes in a large skillet or sauce pan. Warm pan over medium heat until garlic is fragrant and sizzling (do not let color).

  3. Stir tomatoes and water from can into skillet, along with basil sprig. Simmer sauce until it has thickened slightly, about 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. Remove basil sprig, then season sauce to taste with salt. Stir in additional chopped basil, if desired.

  5. Serve sauce hot. Enjoy!


The recipe makes enough sauce for one pound of pasta.