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easy homemade marinara sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy homemade marinara sauce, marinara sauce


  • 6 to 8 cups of fresh tomatoes peeled, cored, deseeded and crushed by hand (or two 28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup of finely diced or grated onion
  • 3 cloves of finely minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried italian herbs
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • salt to taste 1/2 tablespoon to start, then add more at the end if needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a large, heavy bottomed pan, pour in olive oil, then on medium, cook the onions and garlic for 2-3 minutes until they are slightly softened (you’re really just flavoring the oil).
  2. Add in the tomatoes, herbs, balsamic vinegar and salt, then bring just to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat down to the lowest setting, then simmer for 1-2 hours until all of the flavors have come together and the sauce is thickened.