Homemade Marinara Sauce

Makes your home smell like Little Italy

Ditch that red sauce you buy in a jar, because my Homemade Marinara Sauce is fast, easy and heavenly. Its wonderful aroma will make your home smell like Little Italy. (Sometimes I dab it on my pulse points as if it were perfume! Well … not really.) I love it so much that every once in awhile I consider drinking it with a straw. I mean, this sauce should win a medal. It combines fresh, uncomplicated ingredients and goes with so many dishes: pasta, chicken, eggplant and other roasted vegetables, even rice. Is there anything better than tomatoes, garlic, onions and herbs all marinated into a delectable pot of goodness? I think not.

Watch the video (see ingredients and directions below)

Homemade Marinara Sauce


  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 (32-oz) cans crushed tomatoes (we use San Marzano)
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

As always

  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 6 minutes.
  • Add garlic and sauté about 3 minutes longer.
  • Add tomatoes, bay leaves, pepper flakes and oregano; mix well.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and simmer about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and discard bay leaves.
  • Sprinkle with even more salt and pepper if you like.
  • Serve immediately over just about anything in your kitchen. (Or, if you can withstand the temptation, it’s the perfect recipe to make a day ahead. Just warm it up over medium heat.)

Deliciously simple. Enjoy!

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