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Homemade Marinara Sauce

5 from 79 votes
Published on 04/17/2024 by Umamiology
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This easy, homemade marinara sauce is definitely better than that jar of store-bought sauce. It’s bright, tangy with rich tomato flavor, and best of all it’s super simple to make!

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There’s just something about making fresh, marinara sauce that makes it taste way better than store-bought. Not only do you get the satisfaction of crafting and simmering your own sauce, but it’s also easy to freeze and store your homemade sauce.

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This gives you a long lasting sauce that you can use for a wide variety of meals (from Spaghetti Bolognese, to Chicken Parmesan, to Classic Italian Meatballs, etc), for a fraction of the cost of buying a jar at the store.

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So next time you think of reaching for that jar of Rao’s Marinara or Victoria White Linen at your local grocery store – just remember, you can make that same authentic red sauce, in your own kitchen, with this homemade marinara recipe.

Key Elements Of This Recipe

  • Crushed Tomatoes: When buying canned crushed tomatoes, I’ve found that the Cento brand has the richest tomato taste
  • Fresh Basil: When you add fresh basil at the end of the simmering process, the scent and flavor really shines through
  • Lemon Juice: Add this at the end to brighten up your sauce

The Ingredients for Homemade Marinara Sauce

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The Equipment Needed

  • Sauce Pan

How To Make Marinara Sauce

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Start by heating up your olive oil and then sauteing your minced garlic.

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Let the garlic sizzle for a few minutes, then add in your tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano and bay leaves. Give it a good stir and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

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Afterwards, add in your lemon juice and heavy cream. Stir again and let it come back to a low simmer – then let it stew for another 10 minutes.

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Lastly, add in your fresh basil leaves and stir & simmer for another few minutes.

When ready to serve, remove the bay & basil leaves and pour onto pasta or into a bowl and enjoy!

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How long does marinara sauce last in the fridge?

You can typically store pasta sauce for up to 4 days in the fridge, if properly contained in a glass jar.

Pasta noodles also typically keep for up to 4 days in the fridge, so it’s best to consume both the noodles and the sauce within that 4 day window.

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Homemade Marinara Sauce

5 from 79 votes
This easy, homemade marinara sauce is definitely better than that jar of store-bought sauce. It's bright, tangy with rich tomato flavor, and best of all it's super simple to make!
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

How To Make Marinara Sauce

  • Start by heating up your olive oil and then sauteing your minced garlic.
  • Let the garlic sizzle for a few minutes, then add in your tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano and bay leaves. Give it a good stir and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Afterwards, add in your lemon juice and heavy cream. Stir again and let it come back to a low simmer – let it stew for another 10 minutes.
  • Lastly, add in your fresh basil leaves and stir & simmer for another few minutes.
  • When ready to serve, remove the bay & basil leaves and pour onto pasta or into a bowl and enjoy!

Notes

How long does marinara sauce last in the fridge?

You can typically store pasta sauce for up to 4 days in the fridge, if properly contained in a glass jar.
Pasta noodles also typically keep for up to 4 days in the fridge, so it’s best to consume both the noodles and the sauce within that 4 day window.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 2676mgPotassium: 639mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 997IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

What is classic marinara sauce made of?

It’s typically made from canned tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and herbs like basil and oregano.

Is marinara sauce just tomato paste?

No – Marinara sauce is a very simple and bright tomato sauce with just a handful of ingredients that really highlight the tomato essence of the sauce.

What is the difference between marinara sauce and spaghetti sauce?

Marinara sauce is a type of spaghetti sauce. Spaghetti (or pasta) sauces can vary widely depending on the type of pasta you are making. For example, Spaghetti Bolognese uses a meat infused pasta sauce. Marinara sauce is a very simple and bright tomato sauce with just a handful of ingredients that really highlight the tomato essence of the sauce.

How long does marinara sauce last in the fridge?

You can typically store pasta sauce for up to 4 days in the fridge, if properly contained in a glass jar.

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