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homemade marinara recipe storred in a mason jar

Marinara Sauce Recipe

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This delicious homemade marinara sauce recipe is a simple blend of tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic and red wine, all simmered together to create an incredibly flavorful, rich sauce that’s perfect for pasta, meatballs, and so much more.
Course condiment, sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword homemade marinara sauce, marinara sauce
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 13 1/2 cup servings
Calories 76
Author Kim


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine* (optional, add for extra flavor)
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes (I use San Marzano)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt + more to taste, if desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper


  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until onion is soft.
  • Add garlic and tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Add wine (alternatively you can use water or vegetable broth); cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally for 1 hour.
  • Serve warm. This sauce keeps well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 4 days. Freeze it for up to 6 months.


*alternatively you can use water or vegetable broth
**Feel free to simmer sauce past the 1 hour mark to further develop the flavor. You can cook on very low heat for up to 6 hours. Cover and stir occasionally. Add about 1/4 cup water or vegetable broth as needed for desired consistency.
Storage instructions: Before storing this marinara sauce, let it cool to room temperature. Store it in a sealed jar or food storage container or in a zip-top baggie. Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months.
Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.7g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 2.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 510mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 7.4g