Marinara Sauce Recipe: The Perfect Pasta Sauce

marinara sauce recipe
marinara sauce recipe

Homemade marinara sauce in saucepan

Looking to elevate your pasta dishes? Look no further than this easy and delicious homemade marinara sauce recipe. In just 20 minutes, you can create a memorable Italian marinara that will become a staple in your recipe collection. With a handful of ingredients and a stove, you’ll be on your way to pasta perfection.

What is Marinara Sauce?

Marinara sauce, also known as pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, is a tomato-based sauce that originated in Italy. It’s made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs, and is used in many Italian-American dishes like Chicken Parmesan or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Ingredients for Marinara Sauce:

Ingredients for marinara sauce recipe with crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, oregano and olive oil

To create the perfect marinara sauce, it’s essential to use high-quality ingredients. Extra virgin olive oil adds extra flavor, while San Marzano crushed tomatoes, known as the gold standard of Italian marinara, bring authenticity to the dish.

Can I Substitute Fresh Tomatoes?

While fresh tomatoes can be used, it requires additional steps to turn them into crushed tomatoes, such as blanching, peeling, and simmering. If you prefer a marinara sauce made with fresh tomatoes, check out our Mushroom Marinara Sauce recipe.

Italian Marinara Sauce in pan garnished with fresh basil

How to Make Marinara Sauce:

Making homemade marinara sauce is a breeze. With just a saucepan and spatula, you can create a sauce that surpasses any canned version. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Saute diced onion until soft, then stir in garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper. Simmer partially covered for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in chopped fresh basil and remove from heat.

Step by step tutorial how to make homemade pasta sauce

Our Favorite Ways to Use Pasta Sauce:

This versatile marinara sauce can be used in various delicious recipes. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy it:

  • Stuffed Chicken Parmesan: Take your chicken parmesan to the next level with our flavorful marinara sauce.
  • Lasagna: Homemade marinara sauce is the key to creating the best lasagna.
  • Juicy Meatball Recipe: Meatballs smothered in marinara are perfect for meatball subs.
  • Spaghetti Meat Sauce: Add ground beef to our homemade marinara for an easy and satisfying dinner.
  • Lasagna Roll-Ups: Experience the simplicity and deliciousness of lasagna roll-ups.


Can I freeze marinara sauce?

Yes, marinara sauce freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or freezer bags. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh basil?

While fresh basil adds a vibrant flavor to marinara sauce, you can use dried basil as a substitute. However, the flavor might be slightly different, so adjust the quantity according to taste.

Now that you have the perfect marinara sauce recipe, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. Explore the culinary wonders that Takeout Food has to offer and let this flavorful sauce be the star of your pasta creations. Happy cooking!

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