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Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce is quick and simple, requiring mostly pantry staples and just 30 minutes. Once you taste this homemade sauce, you won’t go back to store-bought!

Overhead shot of a stock pot of homemade marinara sauce with a ladle inside it, on a wooden board.

I very rarely buy jarred marinara sauce anymore, even though I currently have one in the corner of my pantry. It’s like an emergency jar (hellooooo Prego!), just in case I NEED some and don’t have the necessary ingredients to make my own.

But seriously. Homemade Marinara Sauce is so dang easy. You know exactly what you’re eating, and it tastes better too.

Side shot of a ladle full of homemade marinara sauce, over a pot of sauce.

Ingredients needed for Homemade Marinara Sauce:

This is a 30-minute sauce, friends. And while it simmers, you can be making the meatballs or veggies you plan to eat with it. So easy, but way more delicious than store-bought. I promise!

  • Olive Oil – For sautéing the veggies, and for flavor.
  • Onion & Garlic – These are the only two fresh veggies, and we’ll sauté them in olive oil.
  • Crushed Tomatoes – The quickest way to make sauce is to buy the crushed. BUT, you could buy whole tomatoes and then crush them yourself.
  • Diced Tomatoes – I prefer the fire-roasted tomatoes always, but you can always use regular, or mild.
  • Tomato Paste – 3-4 Tablespoons is just right for this recipe.
  • Chicken Broth – Some of this will cook down during the process.
  • Sugar – Just a pinch to balance all the acidity from the tomatoes.
  • Spices – Basil, Italian Seasoning, and kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Overhead shot of most of the marinara sauce ingredients, including onion, garlic, canned tomatoes, and spices.

How to make Homemade Marinara Sauce:

  1. Sauté veggies. In a medium stock pot, sauté the onions in a little olive oil over medium heat. When the onions are soft and translucent, add the garlic and stir for another 30 seconds or so.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Then add all the tomatoes (crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste), the chicken broth, sugar, and spices. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Cook. Continue cooking the sauce for about 20-25 minutes, or until the sauce cooks down slightly.
  4. Test. Taste the marinara sauce, and add more seasonings, if desired.
  5. Serve. Serve this homemade sauce over meatballs, veggies, and/or pasta. Enjoy!

What to serve with this easy Homemade Marinara:

  • Classic Chicken Parmesan Recipe – These go hand in hand, and I highly recommend!
  • Veggies – We also love spaghetti squash and mushrooms with this sauce, but you could also try zucchini noodles or another squash.
  • Pasta – Any pasta noodle works great. I also like to add a bunch of cheese, especially ricotta (my fav)!
Side shot of a large measuring cup filled to about 6 cups of marinara sauce.

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Make this pasta dish next: Rigatoni Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli

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Overhead shot of a stock pot of homemade marinara sauce with a ladle inside it, on a wooden board.

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce is quick and simple, requiring mostly pantry staples and just 30 minutes. Once you taste this homemade sauce, you won't go back to store-bought!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion – chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic – diced
  • 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz. fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3-4 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste


  • In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, approximately 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and stir for another 30 seconds. 
  • Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, sugar, dried basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for another 15-20 minutes.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 518mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. I had to come back online to give my review of the most delicious marinara sauce ever. I cannot image that I will go back to jar marinara sauce again or bottled spaghetti sauce. I am so slow in the kitchen when I cook but I whipped this marinara sauce up in no time. “Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce” is an appropriate name for it. When I first got this recipe from your site, I did not sign up to receive your updates of recipes, etc, but after making this sauce (which my family raves about) I came back to sign up. If any of your recipes are as good as this, I’m in for some wonderful surprises!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Oh, thank you so much Cheryl! I’m so glad you enjoyed the marinara sauce and are staying around for more recipes! 🙂

  2. Lot easier than I thought making sauce would be! Goodbye store bought pasta sauces!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I agree 100%!

  3. Made this last night and it was so simple and flavorful!! We ate it over chick pea pasta and plan to have with spaghetti squash next!! Very versatile!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That sounds delicious, Shari! Thanks so much for your feedback. 🙂

  4. Rob Reding says:

    Quick, easy and delicious. Will definitely make this again (and again)! With 2 young kids, marinara is a staple in this house. If we can make it this good and it doesn’t come in a jar, it’s a winner!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Exactly, it’s nice to go with homemade sauce. Healthier AND cheaper!

  5. 30 minutes later…Let the good times roll. aMaZiNg!

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