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Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce

This easy homemade marinara sauce is basic and simple, however, you’ll love this homemade sauce.

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 3 Cups
Calories 156 kcal
Author Luci Petlack


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic whole
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes or 3 large tomatoes finely diced (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Heat olive oil in large frying pan (not pot) over low heat. Add garlic. Heat until starting to brown and fragrant (approx. 5 minutes). Remove from pan. Let cool. Mince.
  2. Meanwhile, pour tomatoes and liquid into bowl. Use potato masher to crush tomatoes. Pour tomatoes into frying pan after garlic is removed. Raise to medium heat. Mix in salt and oregano. Simmer sauce 15-20 minutes until thick consistency is reached. Add minced garlic to sauce after 10 minutes of simmering.

Recipe Notes

If using fresh tomatoes, you will want to simmer the sauce a little longer.
If you're using store-bought canned tomatoes, check the ingredients to be sure they pass the kitchen test. Or you could also can your own tomatoes!