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How to make Tomato Marinara Sauce

My Go-To Tomato Sauce Recipe - How to Make Marinara Sauce

As easy as it is to prepare a tomato sauce, one of the most important things to master is what order to add all the ingredients to the pot. Today I'm going to share with you the secrets to making an awesome marinara sauce! So let's get started!
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  • 2 tablespoons Basil or Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups Onion diced small
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme chopped
  • 15/20 leaves of Basil cut into a fine chiffonade
  • 3 to 4 Cans 28 Ounces each Peeled Tomatoes or a #10 Can
  • 10 to 14 ounces Tomato Puree depending on how thick it is and how much water you have in your tomatoes


  • In a large saucepan or an enamel cast iron pot, add the Onion and cook for 5 to 10 minutes until they turned light golden brown.  Add the garlic, when fragrant add the tomatoes, tomato puree, thyme and basil.
  • Bring to boil and immediately reduce to low heat and let simmer uncovered for 45 to and hour ½ depending how acid your tomatoes are.
  • Adjust the seasoning and add your tomatoes are still a bit acid a touch of sugar only if necessary.


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