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zoomed view to show the finished marinara sauce recipe in the pot with a silver ladle

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade marinara sauce comes together quickly using canned tomatoes and has wonderful depth of flavor from garlic, red wine, and fresh herbs that you just cannot get from store-bought.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 20 servings
Calories 55 kcal


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 large cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano chopped (or 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning)
  • ¼  tsp fresh cracked pepper


  • In a large pot, heat the oil.
  • Add the garlic and cook 2-3 minutes until garlic is very lightly browned.
  • Add the wine and cook until reduced by half.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on low heat for an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat and check for seasoning (may need to add a little more sugar if the tomatoes were too tart).
  • If freezing, cool completely in the pan before transferring to plastic containers.


Recipe yields approximately 10 cups marinara sauce. Calorie estimation is based on 20 servings, 1/2 cup sauce each.


Calories: 55kcal (3%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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