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Marinara sauce in a white bowl on a white tablecloth next to fresh basil.
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Marinara Sauce (Only 5 Ingredients)

Everyone needs an easy marinara sauce recipe. One that’s simple, yet flavorful. A marinara sauce that adds vibrancy to any dish that it’s added to. Here's what I think is the best marinara sauce recipe!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Best Marinara Sauce, How to Make Marinara Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Marinara Sauce Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small onion finely diced (approx 1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped


  • Heat the oil in a medium sized pot on medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds more.
  • Add the can of crushed tomatoes, salt and thyme. (Don't add the basil as it will overcook). Once the tomatoes have started to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the sauce has slightly thickened.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat, stir in the basil and enjoy.



  • This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of marinara sauce. 


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.2mg