30 Minute Marinara Sauce - Quick and easy meals

30-Minute Marinara

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy marinara sauce, homemade marinara sauce, marinara sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 234 kcal
Homemade Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy recipe for a tomato based sauce using herbs and spices. Perfect for pizza, dipping sauce or to put over pasta. 


  • 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 28 ounces whole tomatoes*
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano packed and chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh basil packed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup red or white wine
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan. Add onions, sautéing until starting to soften, approximately 4 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring to prevent burning.
  2. Add tomatoes, cutting coarsely with a paring knife, add remaining juices from can. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. If you enjoy a chunky sauce, leave as-is and serve it up! If you want a smoother sauce, blend with an immersion hand blender, taking care to blend larger pieces, but not totally juicing it.
  4. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Recipe Notes

If using whole tomatoes, choose about 8 large plum tomatoes. Dip whole tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds, transferring to an ice bath immediately. Skins should peel easily.

Nutrition Facts
30-Minute Marinara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1241mg 52%
Potassium 1295mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 16g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 61.4%
Vitamin C 63.4%
Calcium 6.4%
Iron 14.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.