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Sauce pot of marinara garnished with fresh herbs and pepper flakes.

Quick and Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Calling for just eight ingredients and 20 minutes of simmer time, this unfussy marinara is perfect for impromptu weeknight pasta. Or, use it as a dipping sauce!
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian, Vegetarian
Keyword Italian, Marinara, Sauce, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Dana Sandonato


  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, more to taste
  • 3 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp chili flakes—or more, to increase heat to your preference


  • Heat olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for about a minute. Stir in the garlic and sauté for another few minutes, or until the onions are tender.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and increase the heat to medium-high to bring to a simmer. Add the salt and stir in the oregano, basil, bay leaf, and chili flakes. Simmer, partially covered, for 15-20 minutes.