Easy homemade marinara sauce is a recipe that we should all have on hand. If a sauce is this easy to make, there’s no need to buy it. Make a big batch and you can keep it in the freezer for months.
If you have a container of good marinara sauce in your fridge or freezer and pasta in the pantry, you have dinner. If you have 30 minutes, then you can make this sauce. What I love about marinara sauce is that is not limited to just mixing with pasta. I use it as the sauce for my stuffed mini meatballs and grilled eggplant rollatini and also to top my Italian style meatloaf.
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For those family pizza nights, how about having homemade pizza sauce on hand? You will because you have this sauce in the freezer. This sauce can also used as a dip for these mini ham and cheese calzone and fried ravioli (they are so good, I need to write a recipe for those). So as you can see, the uses are endless.
The recipes yields 6 cups/1.5 quarts of sauce but making a double or triple batch is just as easy and you will have sauce for months. Chances are, you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen right now.
A delicious and flavorful sauce that is done is under 30 minutes with the deep flavor of a long simmered sauce.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium ( 8 ounces) yellow onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 2- 28 ounce cans whole or crushed tomatoes
- Small pinch dried red pepper flakes
- 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 basil leaves, roughly torn
To a heavy saucepan add the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they start to soften, about 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic, stirring and cook for 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes (if using whole, crush with hands as you add to the pan), red pepper flakes, salt, bay leaf, and basil. Cover partially with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning add more salt if needed.
If you like the sauce smoother, you can puree it a little. Don't over blend.