Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe


Marinara Sauce Recipe

Nothing beats homemade Marinara Sauce – period. Growing up I was never a fan of “Red Tomato Sauce” mainly because I only ever had the store bought variety.

Then one day I had a taste of Homemade Sauce on a hot sausage sandwich and it changed what I thought about cooked tomato sauce.

In my opinion, the roasted garlic and whole tomatoes are what makes this the best tasting Marinara Sauce that I have found.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

How to make Marinara Sauce

This Marinara Sauce Recipe is not as fast to make as other variations but I assure that the sauce is well worth the wait. The only way that this recipe could be any better is if you substituted fresh tomatoes for the canned ones.

If you want to use fresh tomatoes just be sure to peel them before cooking. Substitute about 12 medium Roma tomatoes for the canned ones. Depending on the season you may have to add a few minutes extra to the recipe time. You would want to cook the fresh tomatoes until they are super soft and mash them in the pot to extract the tomato juice.

When selecting the red wine for this recipe almost any dry wine will work. It does not even need to be expensive. Just be sure that it is dry and it is good tasting.

Roasted Garlic Recipe

You can roast your garlic a couple days ahead of time if you want. See our recipe for how to make roasted garlic.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Canned whole tomatoes make for a speedy base to this great Marinara Sauce Recipe.
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Course: DIY
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Marina
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 151


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cans whole tomatoes ~70oz total
  • 10-12 cloves garlic roasted
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 4 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup red wine dry
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar optional


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. 
  • Add onion to hot oil until softened for about 10 minutes
  • Add basil, red wine, honey, oregano, marjoram, salt, black pepper, fennel seeds, and red pepper into the tomato mixture. 
  • Bring mixture to a simmer and cook 35 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, roasted garlic, and bay leaves to the pot. 
  • Bring the sauce to a boil
  • Reduce to medium-low and simmer mixture for an additional 35 min.
  • (Optional) Stir balsamic vinegar into the sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Marinara Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 587mg26%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 5g6%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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