Classic marinara sauce

Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Marinara, Spaghetti
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 65kcal
Traditional Italian red sauce, or "gravy"
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  • 1 30 oz cans Crushed tomatoes Cento brand recommended
  • 1 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tablespoons Dried basil
  • 2 Tablespoon Dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown sugar
  • salt to taste


  • Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large sauce pan.
  • Add the garlic and cook for one minute, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and reduce to medium low heat. Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the herbs and sugar, simmer for 20 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Salt to taste.
  • Store refrigerated for up to 7 days or frozen for up to 6 months.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg