Easy Classic Marinara Sauce

Easy Classic Marinara Sauce

So simple, fast, delicious, and loaded with fresh flavors, this marinara sauce is perfect for quick and easy pasta dinners, as a zesty pizza sauce, even as a dip for mozzarella sticks and garlic bread.

Every home cook should have a few classic sauce recipes in their back pocket and this one has become a personal favorite because:

  • Only a handful of simple ingredients are needed
  • Ready to go in about 15 minutes
  • Knocks the socks off store bought marinara any day

I like to use crushed tomatoes from a can to save time but if you’ve got a bounty in your garden that needs to be used up, this is a great way to do it. Plus, we didn’t plant tomatoes this year but I do have tons of basil and I love the fresh kick it adds to this marinara.

A few other saucy favorites to try:

Easy Vegan Hollandaise Sauce – This sauce is absolutely decadent and the flavor is exactly what you remember of the egg-based version!

5 – Ingredient Vegan Tzatziki Sauce – Perfect for adding a Mediterrranean flair to fresh vegetables and pita bread, as a condiment to your sandwiches and wraps, and drizzled over falafel, kabobs, burgers, and even as a dressing for salads.

Green Chile Cheesy Sauce – A super versatile sauce we especially enjoy as a dip with tortilla chips or poured over a pile of nachos.

Easy Classic Marinara Sauce

5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

3.5 cups

Easy Classic Marinara Sauce

Only a handful of simple ingredients needed - Ready to go in about 15 minutes - Knocks the socks off store bought marinara any day!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, to taste

Instructions

  1. Into a medium saucepan over medium heat, add butter. When butter is melted, add onions. Sautés 2 minutes, until onions are softened.
  2. Add salt and oregano. Continue cooking 2 minutes more, stirring frequently, until onions are just beginning to turn golden in color.
  3. Add garlic and sauce for 1 minute.
  4. Pour in crushed tomatoes and add sugar. Increase heat to medium high for 1-2 minutes, just enough to heat through. Reduce heat back down to low and simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat then stir in olive oil and basil.
  6. Use salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to adjust seasoning to taste.
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Easy Classic Marinara Sauce | Only a handful of simple ingredients needed - Ready to go in about 15 minutes - Knocks the socks off store bought marinara any day!



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