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How to Make Marinara Sauce

Learn how to make easy, three-ingredient marinara sauce. Tomatoes, an onion, and garlic are all you need to cook a flavorful, healthy homemade marinara!
Course Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 96kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 1 sweet onion small diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes


  • In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, sweat the onions for about 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic, and cook until lightly golden brown, about 4 minutes.
  • Add crushed tomatoes and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. Yields about 2 cups.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta or in other dishes.


Storage: Four days is considered its optimal fridge life. If you freeze, use within six months for best taste and texture.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen


Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 442IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 3mg