An Italian sauce that originated in Naples, Marinara Sauce is made using tomatoes, onions, herbs and garlic. Unlike the tomato sauce, marinara beautifully blends onions, tomatoes and herbs to create a soft, tasty base that goes well with bread and cheese.

Marinara Sauce

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 60 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Homemade Marinara Sauce is quick and rather easy to make at home, and tastes immensely better than the store bought one. 



  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 2 tsp Garlic Minced
  • 1/4 cup Onion Minced
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 1 kg Ripe Red Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Fresh basil Chopped


  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and fry for a few seconds.
  3. Add onion and bay leaf and fry for a minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, red chilli powder, salt, sugar, oregano, black pepper and basil and cook the sauce for 50 - 60 minutes.
  5. Keep stirring in between.
  6. Discard the bay leaves once the sauce is cooked..
  7. Adjust the salt and black pepper to taste.
  8. Cool the sauce and refrigerate for up to a week.
Nutrition Facts
Marinara Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 593mg26%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1175IU24%
Vitamin C 17.8mg22%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.