small pot of marinara sauce with a basil garnish sitting on a brown background
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Marinara Sauce

Making an authentic Italian Marinara sauce is easier than you think. Try my recipe and never buy premade sauce again! Plus my easy Rosa Sauce recipe is included.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gravy, marinara, spaghetti sauce
Servings: 12
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • 4 cloves fresh garlic chopped
  • 2 28-32 oz Cans Crushed Tomato San Marzano
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Rosa Sauce

  • 32 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 16 oz Heavy Cream use light cream or a combination of cream and Greek yogurt
  • 1 Cup Grated Romano Cheese


  • In a large skillet or small sauce pot, sauté diced onion and chopped garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent, do not allow them to burn!
  • Add crushed tomatoes, rinse cans with just a little water and add to the sauce (if crushed tomatoes are not available use whole tomatoes and crush by hand or with an immersion blender).
  • add chopped basil, sugar, sea salt and black pepper to taste (don’t over season you can always add more later).
  • After your sauce has reached a boil, reduce the heat to low, a simmer for 15-20 minutes for classical Marinara / simmer for 1-3 hours for a rich hearty Tomato Sauce.

Rosa Sauce

  • add in cream, and grated romano cheese to the marinara. mix well and allow to simmer until hot.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 1.8mg