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Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe

italian marinara sauce recipe

As a food enthusiast, I have always been fascinated with Italian cuisine. One of my favorite dishes is spaghetti with marinara sauce. I have tried many different recipes, but this one stands out as the best. I am excited to share this recipe with you and hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Sauce
  • Recipe Cuisine: Italian
  • Aggregate Rating: 5/5


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine.
  4. Add water and sugar and stir well to combine.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Nutritions Table

Nutrition Information DetailsAmount per Serving
Total Fat5g
Saturated Fat1g
Total Carbohydrate9g
Dietary Fiber2g
Total Sugars6g

Recipes FAQ

  • Q: Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes?
  • A: Yes, you can use fresh tomatoes. Peel and chop the tomatoes and use them in place of the canned tomatoes.
  • Q: Can I freeze the marinara sauce?
  • A: Yes, you can freeze the sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • Q: How can I make the sauce less spicy?
  • A: You can reduce or omit the crushed red pepper flakes to make the sauce less spicy.

Recipes Tips

If you want a smoother sauce, you can puree the sauce in a blender or food processor before serving. You can also add additional herbs, such as parsley or thyme, to enhance the flavor of the sauce. Finally, try using the sauce in other dishes, such as lasagna or eggplant parmesan, for a delicious twist on classic Italian dishes.