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Marinara | Easy | Homemade | Basil | Basil Marinara Sauce | Pasta Sauce

Homemade Basil Marinara Sauce

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or sliced
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 leaves fresh basil
  • 2 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and saut̩, gently, until soft and translucent Рabout 5 minutes.
  3. Toss in the garlic, oregano, bay leaf, red pepper, and basil.
  4. Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes while the herbs sweat.
  5. Add the tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste and continue simmering on low for another 25 minutes.
  6. If using an immersion blender, blend it on low straight in the pot until smooth.
  7. If using a blender or food processor, turn off the heat and let cool to room temperature before transferring and blending until smooth.
  8. To freeze for future use: let sauce cool completely, then transfer to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Freezing in airtight bags and flattening makes for easier thawing. This will freeze for up to 3 – 4 months.



  • medium stockpot or dutch oven
  • immersion blender or blender or food processor
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: marinara sauce, tomato sauce with basil, pasta sauce