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5 Ingredient Mouth Watering Marinara Sauce

This is the marinara sauce my grandma used to make. Now I often make it for our pasta dishes. My husband especially loves it in his lasagna. The best thing is that is so easy to make. With only 5 main ingredients this recipe makes about 4 cups of sauce. Of course, you need to add some oregano and olive oil for it to be a real marinara sauce too. YUM!!

Why is this the best marinara sauce?

  • It’s super easy to make—no chopping required.
  • Unlike most store-bought sauces, this marinara is free of added sugar.
  • You can load up your pasta with as much of this sauce as you’d like. 
  • Tomatoes are good for you!
  • This marinara also makes a delicious pizza sauce. My kids love it!


  • 2 large cans (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes*
  • 2 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled but left whole
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional if you like a bit of kick)
  • Salt, to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the halved onions, garlic cloves, olive oil, oregano and red pepper flakes (if using) with the tomatoes and their juices.
  2. Simmer over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to keep the sauce steady, but slow simmer for about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. After about 15 minutes, use a sturdy wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes against the side of the pot.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and discard the onion. Smash the garlic cloves against the side of the pot with a fork, then stir them into the sauce. Do the same with any left over onion pieces..
  4. Use the wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes to your liking (you can also blend this sauce smooth with a blender if desired.
  5. Add salt, to taste

This sauce keeps well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 4 days. You can freeze it for up to 6 months, but you won’t want to because you’ll want to gobble it all up.

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  1. I would love to try this.Sounds good.

  2. rochelle haynes says:

    This looks good and tasty

  3. Debbie P says:

    I love a good marinara sauce and I am looking forward to making this soon..

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