Simple Marinara Sauce

This a simple marinara sauce that can be used for pasta, as a dipping sauce or on pizzas, pizza rolls and calzones.


  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional for heat)


  1. In a blender or food processor, add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and basil and process until finely chopped.
  2. Pour into a small sauce pan and heat over medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings to fit your palette.
  4. Sauce can be used immediately, but will taste better the next day as the flavors marry.

Recipe makes about 1.5 cups

3 thoughts on “Simple Marinara Sauce

  1. Why don’t I make my own sauce more often? Seriously, if it’s this easy, Walmart just lost a customer. 😉

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