A bowl of Quick & Easy Marinara Sauce topped with fresh basil
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Simple Marinara Sauce

This wonderfully rich marinara sauce is versatile and tasty. Perfect with pasta.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian marinara sauce, marinara sauce, marinara sauce from scratch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 45kcal
Author Erren Hart of Erren's Kitchen


  • 5 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 14.5 oz cans of tomatoes crushed
  • a couple of good handfuls of fresh basil chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and saute the garlic for about a minute until lightly browned (being careful not to let it get too dark). Add the tomatoes & basil, season with salt and pepper and cook, uncovered, over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.



  • When cooking the garlic, cook until it just starts to brown before adding the tomatoes.  Garlic burns easily and will become bitter when overcooked.
  • The basil should add enough sweetness to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, but if you feel it needs more sweetness, add sugar a half teaspoon at a time until it has the desired sweetness.
  • Seasoning is key to a quick cook sauce.  Season well with salt.  Taste between small additions, allow to dissolve and add until it's perfectly seasoned.


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 10mg | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 5mg