Homemade marinara sauce is one of those no-fuss recipes that can be done a thousand different ways but we will just focus on the bare minimum.

tl;dr: chopped tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and reduce.

One of my key comments for a marinara sauce is very basic and simple: Look for chopped/crushed tomato cans that do not have any added ingredients. Adding ingredients creates a different taste profile and it will not be what you are looking for.


  1. A can of chopped/crushed tomatoes
  2. One or two garlic cloves
  3. Olive oil
  4. Salt and pepper
  5. two leaves of fresh basil

Homemade marinara sauce recipe

  1. Chop the garlic cloves in 3 pieces. We want to remove them later. If you do not mind them, then hope them in small pieces and you will also be fine
  2. In a deep hot pan add some olive oil and the garlic. We are looking to infuse the olive oil with the garlic flavor. Move them around a bit so they do not burn. Burned garlic is not something cool.
  3. If you are the type that wants a spicy marinara – which I humbly think that you should not! – then in the oil add either some fresh jalapenos or red pepper flakes – again, don’t mess with the marinara!
  4. After the garlic is infused, add the chopped/crushed tomatoes. Fill the same can with some water – usually halfway/three quarters way full
  5. Bring to boil and lower the heat.
  6. Add two leaves of fresh basil.
  7. You will need to reduce this for at least 1 hour, preferably two. depending on how much sauce you use. For the normal cans, just 1 hour is fine.

The same source works perfectly for pasta recipes, which you do not need to reduce this much.

Read all about this series on our Pizza Corner or check my youtube channel for more.


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