A fast and easy recipe for Marinara Sauce using fresh or canned tomatoes, with garlic, onions and oregano and basil cooked on the stovetop in under 30 minutes. Use this classic Marinara Sauce on pasta, pizza or meatballs. Video!
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Harvest season is upon us and many of you have been very busy making our Roasted Tomato Sauce, but I wanted to share a very quick and easy recipe for Marinara Sauce that can be made on the stovetop in no time flat. Perfect for busy weeknights. It’s full of flavor and couldn’t be more delicious.
It can either be made with fresh, ripe summer tomatoes or canned San Marzano tomatoes when tomatoes are no longer in abundance. The recipe makes the same amount of marinara sauce you would get in a jar of store-bought marinara sauce- roughly 3 cups.
If you happen to be lucky enough to have a garden full of tomatoes, make a big batch and freeze the Marinara sauce to pull out during the cold months.
Easy Marinara Sauce | 60-sec Video
Ingredients in Marinara Sauce:
- olive oil
- onion or shallot
- garlic cloves
- chili flakes
- 2 pounds juicy tomatoes or 28-ounce can San Marzano Tomatoes
- oregano ( fresh or dried)
- salt and pepper
- fresh basil leaves, torn
- optional- tomato paste
You’ll need 2 lbs of fresh tomatoes or one 28-ounce can of San Marzano Tomatoes.
How to make Marinara Sauce
Step 1: Prep the tomatoes
A fast and easy way to prep fresh tomatoes is simply to blend them up, skins and all. Yup, I know, this is not traditional but it is really time-saving – and I happen to like, even prefer the skins in here because they contain a higher concentration of healthy flavanols ( see #10).
Alternatively, you can slice the tomatoes in half and grate them, leaving the tomato skins out. This is also relatively fast and easy.
In either case, you’ll end up with roughly four cups of tomatoes, which will end up reducing down to three.
Step 2: Saute!
Saute the shallot or onion in a generous amount of olive oil for a few minutes, then add the garlic.
Add the chili flakes.
Add the grated or blended tomatoes, salt and pepper. ( See recipe notes for canned Tomatoes)
Step 3: Simmer!
Simmer the Marinara Sauce uncovered on the stovetop for 10-minutes over medium heat, until reduced by one cup.
Add the fresh basil.
Step 4: Taste and Adjust Seasonings
In the end, you’ll have enough sauce for a batch of pasta or several pizzas.
How to store Marinara Sauce:
The Marinara Sauce will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge.
Marinara Sauce can also be frozen in a mason jar – just be sure to leave an inch of headroom for expansion.
I know you’ll find a lot of uses for this Easy Marinara Sauce recipe. Tuck it in your back pocket!
Have a beautiful weekend friends!
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A fast and easy recipe for Marinara Sauce using fresh or canned tomatoes, with garlic, onions and oregano and basil cooked on the stovetop in under 30 minutes. Use this classic Marinara Sauce on pasta, pizza or meatballs.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup shallots or 1 cup onions, diced
- 4–6 garlic cloves
- pinch chili flakes (or up to 1/4 teaspoon for a nice kick)
- 2 pounds ripe tomatoes (or 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes- see notes)
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt,more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper, more to taste
- 8–10 basil leaves, torn
- optional: 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste, 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey
Prep the tomatoes: If using fresh tomatoes, quarter them and blend in a blender. Alternatively, slice them in half and grate the flesh, leaving the skins behind.
Saute: In a saute pan, saute shallot or onion over medium heat, for just a few minutes until just tender and fragrant, add the garlic, saute 1-2 minutes. Add the chili flakes and stir for one minute. Add the oregano, and give a stir. Add the tomatoes and all their juices. (If using canned tomatoes, break them apart with a metal spatula as best you can and add all the juice from the can-then add one cup of water rinsing out the can. ) Stir in the salt and pepper.
Simmer: Bring to a simmer, uncovered, and simmer gently 8-10 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce begins to reduce and thicken. Reduce by one cup ( so you’ll end up with 3 cups). If you used the canned whole tomatoes, feel free to blend with an immersion blender.
Stir in the torn basil leaves. Taste, adjust salt, pepper and chili flakes, adding more if you like. If your sauce lacks sweetness, stir in some tomato paste and/or maple syrup. If your sauce seems watery, just continue to cook it gently uncovered for a few more minutes. If it gets too thick add a splash of water, or if too sweet, balance it with a few drops of vinegar.
Use on pasta or spaghetti or on meatballs. To use as a pizza sauce, cook it down just a few more minutes, to thicken a little more if you like. 😉
The sauce will keep 4 days in the fridge- or can be frozen. If freezing the sauce in a mason jar, leave 1-inch headroom for expansion.
If your fresh tomatoes are acidic, a reader suggested adding finely diced carrots along with the onions to help sweeten the sauce naturally. Love this idea!
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