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ultimate marinara sauce in a mason jar with olive oil and tomatoes in the background.
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Ultimate Marinara Sauce

This is hands down the ultimate marinara sauce recipe! Perfect served over pasta or used as a dip. Made with simple ingredients in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Course: sauce
Cuisine: Italian American
Servings: 12
Calories: 58kcal


  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sugar *check notes*
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add olive oil and onions to a large pot and cook over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes or until the onions become translucent. 
  • Stir in the fresh garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 20 seconds. 
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar, and a splash of water. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  • Once the 15 minutes are up, season the sauce with salt and pepper, and enjoy! 


  • Allow the marinara sauce to cool completely then transfer it to a mason jar and refrigerate for up to 4-days. If you want to freeze it, transfer the sauce to a large freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • San Marzano tomatoes are sweet so if you're using those, you can omit the sugar.
  • If using whole peeled tomatoes, crush them with your hands or a potato masher before adding them to the pot.


Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg