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wooden spoon stirring marinara sauce recipe

Marinara Sauce Recipe

My tart marinara sauce recipe is the perfect place to begin your journey to becoming a seasoned Italian home cook! It only needs simple ingredients!
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword How Do I Make Marinara Sauce Recipe, How To Make Marinara Sauce Recipe, Marinara Sauce Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 204kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, finely grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add the onion and saute, over medium-high heat, until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add the grated carrot, salt, and pepper and saute until soft. Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer on low, uncovered, until the sauce thickens, about 1 hour. Thin, if need, by adding water.
  • Remove bay leaf. Adjust seasoning and serve.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 883mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1485IU | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3.3mg