Authentic Marinara Sauce

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Authentic Marinara Sauce

The secret to the best Marinara Sauce: do less! Marinara is the easiest, and most of simple sauces made with just a few ingredients.

There is a time and place for sauces with lots and lots of ingredients, but that’s not now, not here! Authentic marinara sauce is made with just five ingredients: Olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, fresh basil, and salt. No need for anything else! This is also a quick sauce that doesn’t need to simmer on the stove for hours- simple and fast. The key to achieving a flavorful marinara in such a short time and with so few ingredients, is quality! Buying good quality tomatoes will help ensure a sweet, non acidic sauce. You’ll need fresh basil over dried.

Authentic Marinara Sauce

I like using this marinara for my Classic Italian Meatballs! They simmer together and make magic. The best part, both are so easy to make!

Classic Italian Meatballs

Next time you want to make a quick and flavorful sauce, ditch the Italian seasoning and garlic powder and focus on good quality, fresh ingredients for the best (and easiest) sauce.

Recipe Summary

  • Authentic Marinara Sauce
  • Prep Time
    3 Minutes
    Cook Time
    22 Minutes
    Total Time
    25 Minutes
  • Level: Easy
  • Servings: 4-6
  • Ingredients:
    • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 2-3 Cloves garlic, peeled
    • 1 (28 Ounce) Can whole peeled tomatoes in puree, crushed by hand
    • 1-2 Fresh Basil sprigs
    • 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Instructions:
    1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the whole garlic cloves and fry until golden; 1-2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes along with the tomato puree. Add the salt and stir in the basil sprigs. Lower the heat and let the sauce simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened; about 20 minutes. Taste and add more salt as needed. Discard the basil and garlic cloves just before serving.
    2. Enjoy!

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