Simple Marinara Sauce


There is nothing I love more than a huge plate of pasta smothered in sauce topped with some parmesan cheese. Italian food is my favorite. This is a simple marinara sauce recipe. I use it for spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmesan, a dipping sauce for calzones, etc. It’s so easy to make and so good! Enjoy!

Simple Marinara Sauce

  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large can of San Marzano tomatoes (It HAS to be this brand. Trust me.)
  • Basil (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onions. Sauté 5 to 10 minutes, until nice and translucent.


Add garlic, cook for a minute. (Tip: garlic burns very fast and once it burns it turns bitter.)

Next add in your can of tomatoes. Break tomatoes apart with a spoon.


Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste and basil. If using dried basil, I add around 2 tsp. If using fresh, use 5 to 7 basil leaves.  Let cook over medium low heat for 20 minutes.


And there you go! Delicious, sweet, wonderful marinara sauce.


Bon appetite’!

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