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Marinara sauce is rich, vibrant, and loaded with flavor. It’s easy to make with a few simple fresh ingredients. Serve as a dip or in pasta and pizza. | aheadofthyme.com

Marinara Sauce


  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Marinara sauce is rich, vibrant, and loaded with flavor. It’s easy to make with a few simple fresh ingredients. Serve as a dip or in pasta and pizza.


Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlicminced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or Italian seasoning)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, to taste)
  • 1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar (optional, to reduce acidity)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium pot or 4 qt. Dutch oven for 2 minutes over medium high heat until the hot oil sizzles. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Season with oregano and red pepper flakes (if using) and stir well to combine.
  2. Add whole tomatoes and use a spatula to gently break them apart. Stir in basil, salt, pepper, and sugar. Cover the lid and bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat. Stir occasionally and let it simmer until thickened to a desired consistency, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Optionally, you can use a potato masher, immersion blender, or food processor to puree the marinara to a smoother texture.

Notes

How to store: Leftover marinara sauce will keep for up to 3-4 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

How to freeze: Freeze leftover marinara sauce for up to six months in an airtight container or freezer bag. I recommend portioning it into serving sizes before freezing.

How to thaw: Thaw pasta sauce in the refrigerator overnight. If you’re in a rush, you can heat it in a covered pan over medium-low heat until thawed.

How to reheat: Reheat marinara over medium-low heat in a covered pan on the stovetop until warmed through, about 5 minutes. You can also microwave it in 20-30 second intervals on medium heat in the microwave. It will splatter if microwaved, so don’t forget to cover it.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

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