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marinara sauce recipe with tomato sauce in a dutch oven
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Easy Marinara Sauce Recipe

This Easy Marinara Sauce Recipe is the perfect recipe to use on pizza, spaghetti, or in recipes that call for a basic sauce.  Use this simple easy marinara sauce from scratch the next time you are making pasta and meatballs!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time27 mins
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (see note)
  • 29 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar


  • In a large dutch oven over medium heat, heat the olive oil.  Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Be careful not to burn the garlic (see note).
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and white wine and stir until combined.  Then stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Bring to a low boil and then reduce to a simmer.  Cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until your sauce reaches your desired level of thickness.  A thicker sauce (longer cooking) is great for pizza.


Garlic cooks very quickly and needs very little time on it's own to add a lot of flavor to your recipe.  Have your tomato sauce ready to pour in after the 30 seconds of sautéing.  It's a simple mistake to make!  If it does burn, start over!