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Classic Marinara Sauce

This homemade marinara sauce recipe is made super simple from scratch with fresh tomatoes, garlic and herbs. This is a great way to use up some tomatoes from a farmer’s market haul or from your garden!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 cups


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5-8 cloves garlic peeled and slivered
  • 28 oz organic fresh tomatoes diced (about 5 tomatoes) and slightly mash with hands.
  • 1 cup water or a cup of red wine
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil Or 2 large basil sprig including stem


  • In a large skillet, over medium heat. Heat olive oil. When oil is hot, add garlic.
  • When garlic begins to sizzle (don’t let it brown), add diced tomatoes. Then add water and give everything a good stur.
  • Add red pepper flakes, salt, oregano, and Italian seasoning. Stir.
  • Add basil (including basil stem) on top of the tomatoes. Allow the basil to wilt and then submerge it into the sauce.
  • Simmer sauce until thickened and oil on the surface turns into a deep orange like color. This process can take anywhere between 15-25 minutes.
  • Optional. Discard basil. We love keeping the basil in the sauce!
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Easy Recipe, Easy Sauce Recipe, Pasta Sauce