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Best Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

How to make the best, authentic Italian Marinara Sauce recipe from scratch, with organic San Marzano tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil. 

Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: sauce, tomato sauce, Vegan
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 753 kcal
Author: Florentina
  • 2 X 28 oz cans San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 1/2 yellow onion -diced
  • 8 cloves garlic -minced
  • 1 leaf bay
  • 4 sprigs basil
  • 1/3 c fresh basil leaves - sliced or torn
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt ( or to your taste)
  1. Heat a heavy bottom large pot on medium low flame. Add a lug of olive oil and the diced onion with a pinch of sea salt. Cook for about 10 minutes until traslucent taking good care not to burn it.

  2. Stir in the minced garlic and let it infuse the oil for about 30 seconds.

  3. Use your hands and crush the tomatoes as you add them to the pot with the onion and garlic. Rustic chunks are what we are after.

  4. Add the bay leaf and the 4 sprigs of basil then bring everything to a gentle simmer. Partially cover with a lid and cook down until reduced and thick to your liking. About an hour or so. Stir a few times making sure the sugars from the tomatoes don’t stick to the bottom.

  5. After the sauce has reduced season to taste with the sea salt. Discard the bay leaf and basil sprigs.

  6. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and the reserved fresh basil. Serve with your favorite pasta to transfer to jars and refrigerate up to one week.

Nutrition Facts
Best Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 753 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 2727mg119%
Potassium 6051mg173%
Carbohydrates 152g51%
Fiber 39g163%
Sugar 91g101%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 4500IU90%
Vitamin C 191.2mg232%
Calcium 710mg71%
Iron 26.9mg149%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.