Simple Marinara Sauce

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This easy to make from scratch Simple Marinara Sauce can be used with everything from pizza to lasagna or pasta. It can be made ahead and frozen as well which makes it perfect for meal prep. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and made with just a few ingredients. Marinara sauce is a very simple straightforward sauce with clean flavors that pairs perfectly with just about anything!

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This Simple Marinara Sauce is the perfect building block for all kinds of dishes. It makes a great sauce for pasta, and I love it over Zucchini Noodles as well. It’s great for lasagna and as a pizza sauce.

Really, it’s my all-purpose ‘use it for everything’ tomato sauce. The quantities in this recipe make enough sauce for about 1 pound of pasta or 2 pounds zucchini noodles. This recipe is super easy to multiply to make a huge batch for the freezer. Just freeze in 2 cup packages for future use. That way, you can cook once and have this tomato sauce for many meals to come.

Simple Marinara Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

Let’s jump in and make this Simple Marinara Sauce step by step!

Simple Marinara Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

To mince garlic by hand, lay the side of a chef’s knife over a clove of garlic and use your fist to smash it, being careful to stay away from the edge of the knife.

Simple Marinara Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

Chop across the smashed cloves until the pieces become very small. That’s all there is to minced garlic. There’s nothing quite like freshly minced garlic, and the stuff that comes in a jar doesn’t even come close!

Simple Marinara Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

When sautéing garlic it’s best not to brown it. Sauté until fragrant, 30-45 seconds, and have your tomatoes ready to pour in because garlic can burn quickly.

Simple Marinara Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

After simmering, you can leave the sauce with some texture or purée it in a blender for a smooth sauce.

Simple Marinara Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

Recipes where you can use this Simple Marinara Sauce:

Simple Marinara Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

I really hope you enjoy this Simple Marinara Sauce! And if you do get a chance to make it, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. I always love hearing from you here! Also for lots more sauce recipes, head over to the recipe index.

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Simple Marinara Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

Simple Marinara Sauce


  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This easy to make from scratch Simple Marinara Sauce can be used with everything from pizza to lasagna or pasta. It can be made ahead and frozen as well which makes it perfect for meal prep. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and made with just a few ingredients. Marinara sauce is a very simple straightforward sauce with clean flavors that pairs perfectly with just about anything!


Ingredients

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2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf, or 1 large sprig of basil

228 ounce can whole tomatoes, (San Marzano or Muir Glen)

1 Teaspoon sea salt


Instructions

Break up the tomatoes by hand, or blend them lightly in the blender until chunky.

Place a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and sauté the garlic until fragrant but not browned.

Add the bay leaf or basil sprig, tomatoes, and sea salt. Simmer over medium for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 10 minutes until the sauce becomes thick.

Use this sauce as desired, in all manner of yummy dishes.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Homemade Marinara Sauce, Marinara Sauce for Pizza, Marinara Sauce from scratch, Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe

3 thoughts on “Simple Marinara Sauce”

  1. You should try Eden Organic crushed tomatoes in a glass jar so no BPA from the lining of the can that leaches in to the tomatoes : )

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