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Super Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

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This super-easy homemade marinara sauce can be made in less than 20 minutes and is so full of flavor!

I am all about making things homemade these days. Cooking for me is a favorite hobby so trying my hand at creating something delicious just makes my day.

If you want a super-easy marinara sauce to use on plates of pasta and as a dipping sauce for things like cheese sticks or my Pepper Jack Arancini, then you will want to listen up and take note of this recipe!

How to Make This Super-Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Start by heating a cast-iron skillet (or a regular skillet if you have it) to medium-high heat. Then, toss in some diced onion with a bit of olive oil and cook until the onions are tender and translucent. Add in some garlic and saute for another minute.

Next, you are going to pour in some chicken broth and a 14.5 ounce can of crushed tomatoes.

When I tell you this recipe is simple and easy — I mean it.

Turn the heat down to low and let the onions and tomatoes cook together for a few minutes.

Next, add in all your spices. These are normal everyday spices you should have in your pantry. Not sure which spices you need in your cabinet? Check out this free printable of my favorite pantry staples.

Now, mix everything together and continue letting it cook for about 15 minutes to deepen the flavor of the sauce.

If you want the sauce a little sweeter, just drizzle in a bit of honey and you will have a sweeter sauce.

Serve over your favorite pasta noodles, or like me, serve over those delicious Pepper Jack Arancini balls I made!

Then top with your favorite pasta toppings — cooked mushrooms, Parmesan Cheese, and more.

Yield: 2 cups

Super-Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Super-Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

This super easy marinara sauce is perfect for dipping and for putting over pasta.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 14.5 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of chicken broth (can use vegetable broth too)
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • (a drizzle of honey for sweetness, optional)


  1. Add to a skillet the olive oil and onion. Saute for 4-5 minutes until the onion is translucent and tender. Throw in the garlic and saute for about a minute more.
  2. Next, add in your crushed tomatoes and mix together.
  3. Now, add in all your spices and mix together. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes until it all comes together.
  4. For a sweeter sauce, drizzle in a bit of honey at the end.
  5. Use on your favorite pasta noodles or as a dipping sauce for cheese sticks and more.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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