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Classic Homemade Marinara Sauce

Nothing beats classic homemade marinara sauce made from scratch with crushed tomatoes, garlic, and fresh basil simmered on the stove. And it doubles as a pizza sauce!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  • In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and saute for 5-7 minutes, until translucent and soft.
  • Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, bay leaf, salt, pepper and sugar and stir to combine. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the chopped basil and olive oil. Season with salt & pepper, to taste.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 613mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 676IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg