Recipe courtesy of Kelly Senyei

10-Minute Homemade Marinara Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups
This easy four-ingredient 10-minute homemade marinara sauce is the answer to all of your pizza, pasta and garlic bread dipping sauce dilemmas.



  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the oil and allow it to warm for 1 minute, then add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown and fragrant, 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and crushed red pepper flakes if desired. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld, 7 minutes. Season with salt, pepper or sugar to taste.

Cook’s Note

The strongest flavor of the marinara sauce will depend on what variety of crushed tomatoes you use. My preferred brand is San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes. The sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days. This recipe can serve as the starting point for many other sauce variations. Feel free to add fresh basil, sauteed onions and any other preferred add-ins.