Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce
This marinara sauce made from scratch comes together in under 15 minutes, and only requires a small handful of simple ingredients. This sauce is HIGHLY customizable, so you can add any additional spices/meat/veggies you like!
Servings 2 cups of sauce
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced or grated * see notes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 cups tomato puree ** see notes for substitutions
- salt & pepper to taste
In a large skillet, combine olive oil, onion, and garlic, along with a pinch of salt. Place over medium heat and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onion has softened and turned translucent. Add your oregano and basil, and cook for an additional minute just to toast the dry herbs.
Add your tomato puree to the skillet. Raise your heat to high to bring the sauce up to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer the sauce for 5 to 10 minutes. *The longer you simmer the sauce, the more flavorful! You should aim for under 30 minutes* Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed.
* How you cut your onions depends on how textured you'd like your marinara sauce. I usually use my sauce for lasagna, so I prefer it on the smoother side. I usually grate my onion for that reason, but it is up to you!
** In place of tomato puree, you can also use diced tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes (just give them a rough chop before adding them). Again, if you like a more textured sauce, you can use a larger cut of tomatoes or use fresh tomatoes that have been peeled and chopped. For a smoother sauce, you can use canned pureed tomatoes, or puree your own fresh tomatoes in a food processor or blender.