Simple Homemade Marinara Sauce: Your Go-To Homemade Sauce

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Simple Homemade Marinara Sauce is a classic Italian sauce with fresh tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and olive oil. It is typically used as a pasta sauce but can also be used on pizza, sandwiches, or as a dipping sauce. It’s light and tasty, and kids love it!

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Simple Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes is a simple sauce to make, and can be easily customized to your liking. You can add more or less garlic, herbs, or spices, or even add some vegetables, such as onions, peppers, or mushrooms.

This marinara sauce recipe is versatile and can be used in various dishes. It is a delicious and easy way to add flavor to your meals.

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Homemade Marinara Sauce Tips:

  • Use fresh, ripe tomatoes.
  • Use good-quality olive oil.
  • Add the garlic and herbs at the end of cooking so they don’t burn.
  • Simmer the sauce for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings as needed.

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Ingredients

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  • olive oil
  • white onion, minced
  • garlic, minced
  • Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • vegetable broth
  • ground black pepper
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Simple Homemade Marinara Sauce Instructions

  1. Add oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for a few seconds. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add tomato, oregano, and parsley. Cook for 5 minutes on medium-low. Pour vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer and allow tomato sauce to thicken, about 5 minutes more. Add pepper and adjust salt if needed.
  3. Remove from heat and serve with pasta.
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How to store Homemade Marinara Sauce leftovers

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

How to freeze

Allow to cool down and freeze in an airtight container for 1 month.

How to reheat

Reheat in the microwave until heated through.

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Simple Homemade Marinara Sauce: Your Go-To Homemade Sauce Recipe

Simple Homemade Marinara Sauce is a classic Italian sauce with fresh tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and olive oil. It is typically used as a pasta sauce but can also be used on pizza, sandwiches, or as a dipping sauce.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 roma tomatoes chopped (1 lb | 423 g)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • ½ cup vegetable broth 4.22 fluid oz | 125 ml
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Add oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for a few seconds. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add tomato, oregano and parsley. Cook for 5 minutes on medium low. Pour vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer and allow tomato sauce to thicken. About 5 minutes more. Add pepper and adjust salt if needed.
  • Remove from heat and serve with pasta.
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