Simple Marinara sauce recipe

Sauté onions

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté, cooking until the onion is tender and translucent about 6 minutes.


Sauté garlic

Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about an additional 30 seconds.


Add remaining ingredients

Add the tomatoes with their liquid, bay leaves, basil and ½ cup of water.


Simmer the sauce

Lower the heat to medium-low, let simmer, and stir occasionally until the sauce thickens about 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves and season with salt and pepper.


Blend sauce (optional)

Serve as is or if you prefer a smoother sauce, take about 3 cups of the sauce, let it cool slightly then add to a blender. Pulse until smooth, about 30 seconds. Stir it back in with the rest of the sauce.



Store the sauce refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week, frozen or serve.