Easy Marinara Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Marinara Sauce is an easy to make tomato sauce that is perfect to top your favorite pasta or to use in recipes calling for jarred pasta sauce.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion finely diced
  • 1/3 cup carrot shredded
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 28 oz whole tomatoes canned
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes canned
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water


  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add whole tomatoes (with juice) and gently break apart with the spoon.  Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer uncovered on low heat for 20 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency.
  • Serve over spaghetti or enjoy in your favorite recipes. Freeze or refrigerate to store.

Recipe Notes

Sugar may be required depending on the brand of tomatoes you purchase.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 112, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Sodium: 310mg, Potassium: 568mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1320IU, Vitamin C: 21.5mg, Calcium: 76mg, Iron: 2.5mg